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
Sable Antelopes of Angola
The Swallows in the War of Burundi
The Squirrels of Benin
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon
The Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo
The Pharaohs of Egypt
The Blackstars of Ghana
The National Elephants of Guinea
The Djrutus of Guinea-Bissau
The Elephants of Ivory Coast
The Harambee Stars of Kenya
The Barea of Madagascar
The Eagles of Mali
Al-Murabitun of Mauritania
The Atlas Lions of Morocco
The Brave Warriors of Namibia
The Super Eagles of Nigeria
The Teranga Lions of Senegal
Bafana Bafana of South Africa
Taifa Stars of Tanzania
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia
The Cranes of Uganda
The Warriors of Zimbabwe
Which of the nicknames is your favourite?