Playing at the highest level of National team football is every professional football player’s dream, a status that the African Cup of Nations and other Continental competitions have, just right after the FIFA World Cup.
For every player born or eligible for an African team, playing at the AFCON is an achievement of the sort. Since the inaugural edition of the competition which saw three teams participate in it, the competition has grown in leaps and bounds with the number of participating teams rising.
In 2019, the competition for the first time saw a record number of 24 teams participating, and as expected three new countries (Madagascar, Burundi, and Mauritania) registered their names on the attendance sheet for the biggest football competition in Africa for the first time in their history.
Then at the 2021 AFCON, two countries (Comoros and Gambia) made their first-ever AFCON appearance. Nevertheless, ten countries are yet to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
- The central African Republic
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- South Sudan