Yaya Toure of Cote D'Ivoire in action during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Ivory Coast at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Saturday. We'll spend the week getting you caught up on all of the teams before the tournament starts.
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is a bit less sexy than previous editions. The defending champions, Egypt, are in the middle of a generational transition with their players and failed to qualify. Also failing to qualify were fellow African giants Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria and South Africa. Those five teams are without question five of the 16 strongest in Africa, and the tournament is probably less intriguing to the casual fan in their absence.
This gives us an opportunity to watch teams we haven't seen in an environment this competitive before, along with an opportunity to do a lot of research to learn and write about the teams that casual fans haven't seen before. The stars of Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana will be familiar, but Tunisia and Burkina Faso might not be. And then there are the real minnows, one of which seems to crash the party in every edition of the tournament.
Here's when you can anticipate seeing all of our team previews, right here in this StoryStream.
Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Morocco, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea/Gabon, Senegal, the rest of the field