The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament is upon us, and the football action begins tomorrow (Saturday), the 14th of January in Libreville, Gabon.

Hosts Gabon will get the ball rolling in the tournament opener in a game against Group A debutants the Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau. Guinea-Bissau will also face Burkina Faso and four time champions Cameroon, who make up Group A.

Group B will feature former winners Algeria (1990) and Tunisia (2004), the 2002 runners-up Senegal and Zimbabwe who make their first appearance in the finals since 2006 as the four giants vie for the two qualifying spots in the quarter-finals.

Defending champions, Cote d’Ivoire who have now won the competition twice will kick-start their campaign with a date against Togo in Group C. The group also features Morocco and Democratic Republic of Congo who have both won the trophy before.

A supporter of the Ivorian national team poses on February 8, 2015 in Abidjan before the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football final in Equatorial Guinea between Ivory Coast and Ghana. Photo: ANP/AFP. Sia Kambou

A supporter of the Ivorian national team poses on February 8, 2015 in Abidjan before the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football final in Equatorial Guinea between Ivory Coast and Ghana. Photo: ANP/AFP. Sia Kambou

Four time winners Ghana find themselves in Group D, the same group with seven time champions Egypt and Uganda. The group of death also features Mali, a team with tremendous potential to cause an upset at the tournament. The Cranes of Uganda will participate at the finals after enduring a 38-year wait.

The four stadiums which will host the games are: Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville, Port Gentil Stadium, Stade de Franceville and Oyem Stadium. The final will be held in Libreville on February 5.

We wish all the 16 teams participating in the tournament the very best.