Black Stars players celebrating a goal during the qualifiers
The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations gets under way at South Africa’s Soccer City stadium on Saturday.
The 2013 iteration of the CAF tournament—which has been moved forward a year to prevent it clashing with World Cup years—will not feature traditional African powerhouses like Egypt, Cameroon or Senegal.
But it will feature reigning champions Zambia, Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast… and plenty of vuvuzelas.
Here are the most likely contenders for the Nations Cup trophy, and the key players to watch out for.
The Ivory Coast have won the competition only once—in 1992 when the final against Ghana went to 11-10 on penalties!—but they enter this year’s tournament as favorites.
In their final preparation game, the Elephants beat seven-time winners Egypt 4-2, with two goals from Arsenal’s Gervinho. They are now unbeaten in 23 games.
All but one of the Ivory Coast’s squad play in Europe, with familiar faces incl...