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Top seven ANC moments

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African Nations' Cup spotlight to shine on trio of coaches

Algeria and Getafe midfielder on his side's chances in the forthcoming AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

In a tournament in which over 200 people will feature, standing out requires something exceptional, especially if you are confined to the sidelines. Somehow, the managers always manage (as they should) a way to make themselves seen. In looking around the international football landscape, managers like the Ivory Coast's Herve Renard and Germany's Joachim Low do it by wearing a lucky shirt match in, match out. Others, like Mexico's Miguel Herrera, entertain from the touchline with animated displays...

Top seven moments in African Nations' Cup history

Algerian central defender Rafik Halliche says he would prefer the African Nations Cup to be held in Morocco.

The African Nations' Cup (ANC) has enjoyed 29 editions and 561 games in its 57-year existence. Egypt are the team with the most titles, with seven trophies and are the only country to have registered more than 50 victories at the tournament. Samuel Eto'o is the ANC's all-time top scorer with 18 goals.

It is a place where records are broken and memories made. Here are seven of the best moments in ANC history:

The 1957 final: Egypt 4-0 Ethiopia

Scorelines rarely come as emphatically as this...

W2W4: African Nations' Cup draw sees two groups of death

Nigeria will not be there to defend their trophy.

Two former co-hosts in the same pool, teams with recent history up against each other and a double dose of the group of death: The African Nations' Cup 2015 will have it all. Here's a closer look at what to expect from each group.

Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo

Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will look to impress.

Key matchups

The tournament will kick off between the hosts, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo, the country who has been absent from the competition for the longest time -- last appearing 15 years before the 2015 event...

Noteworthy figures to be absent from African Nations' Cup

The ESPN FC crew discuss the last of the teams to qualify for the African Nations Cup tournament which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea in January.

In sport, as in life, there are said to be no guarantees, but there are a few things which are absolutely certain ahead of the 2015 African Nations' Cup (ANC). There will be a new champion after holders Nigeria failed to qualify for the event; the record-holders for the most trophies, Egypt, will not add to their tally; and at least three high-profile players in Mehdi Benatia, Samuel Eto'o and Kwadwo Asamoah will not be on the park in Equatorial Guinea. Such is sport.

Nigeria did not emerge from...

Excitement mounts, questions remain 50 days before African Nations' Cup

The ESPN FC crew discuss the last of the teams to qualify for the African Nations Cup tournament which will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea in January.

In 50 days' time, "Marhaba", the official ball of the 2015 African Nations' Cup, will be kicked for the first time.

She was due to be saying "welcome" (which is what her name means) to Morocco but will instead be greeting footballers in Equatorial Guinea, where the 30th edition of the tournament will take place and she won't be the only thing that's new about the competition.

Although none of the 16 teams in contention will be making maiden appearances at the competition and the host nation will...

East Africa absent from African Nations' Cup

Ethiopia was one of East Africa's best hopes to reach the African Nations' Cup, but the Walias were unable to qualify from the group stage.
Ethiopia was one of East Africa's best hopes to reach the African Nations' Cup, but the Walias were unable to qualify from the group stage.

There are not too many things that more than a billion people from 54 countries who belong to different tribes and speak different languages have in common besides football. Touted as a unifier, the game is said to transcend geographical and ethnic divisions of Africa and bring the continent together -- except, it seems, for its eastern region.

No teams from the East African and Central region (CECAFA) will compete at the 2015 African Nations' Cup (ANC) after none of the nine countries who entered...