#AFCON2019: A Tournament Dominated By ‘Animals’. Here’s A Full List Of Participating Countries And Their Nicknames

The 2019 African Cup of Nations starts today and most of us are hoping that Ghana makes us proud by winning the competition after 37 years.

The host nation, Egypt will play against Zimbabwe in the opening game of the tournament.

This year’s AFCON has 24 teams competing for the prestigious trophy and one amazing thing about these countries is their nicknames.

Most of these countries are nicknamed after animals with the exception of countries like Ghana, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, South Africa and Tanzania.

Here is a full list of the countries in the tournament and their nicknames:

The Desert Foxes of Algeria

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Sable Antelopes of Angola

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The Swallows in the War of Burundi

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The Squirrels of Benin 

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The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon

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The Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Pharaohs of Egypt

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The Blackstars of Ghana

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The National Elephants of Guinea

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The Djrutus of Guinea-Bissau

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The Elephants of Ivory Coast 

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The Harambee Stars of Kenya

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The Barea of Madagascar

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The Eagles of Mali

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Al-Murabitun of Mauritania

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The Atlas Lions of Morocco

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The Brave Warriors of Namibia

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria

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The Teranga Lions of Senegal

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Bafana Bafana of South Africa

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Taifa Stars of Tanzania

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The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia

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The Cranes of Uganda

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The Warriors of Zimbabwe

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Which of the nicknames is your favourite?

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