For the 27th Edition of Africa's premier football tournament, Puma unveil a host of new football kits to celebrate and showcase the talents on offer in early 2010.
Here the SoccerBible reveals the remaining nations Puma have kitted out for the forthcoming tournament. Taking inspiration from the continent, Puma's new African Nation Team Shirts are made with many technical innovations, like the breathable mesh shoulders and minimalist design. Combine all this with bright striking colours and these are amongst the most iconic replica shirts around...
The hosts Angola came to international prominence in the 1990s with appearances in two African Nations Cup tournaments. Angola finished runners-up behind Cameroon in the 1998 and 2002 World Cup Qualifiers, losing only one game in the process. Angola did qualify for the 2006 World Cup, winning their qualifying group but could only finish third in their finals group
Morocco were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, when at Mexico 86 they finished ahead of Europeans Portugal, Poland and England. They were also the first African team to make it to second round. Their first and only African Cup of Nations triumph came in 1976, topping the final group to claim the trophy.
The Mozambique team, nicknamed the Mambas, have never qualified for the World Cup finals and will be looking to make the second round for the first time in their history. This is also the first Cup of Nations tournament for the Mambas since 1998.
The Namibia national team, nicknamed the Brave Warriors, have also never qualified for the World Cup proper but have made featured twice before in the Cup of Nations, the last being the 2008 tournament in Ghana.
The Senegal national team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, made their first World Cup appearance in 2002 when they famously defeated reigning World and Euro champions France 1-0 in the tournament's opening game.Of course, as well as the result many Senegalese noted the appearance of Patrick Vieira, widely considered to be the best player Senegal had ever produced, playing for his adopted nation.
Togo's national team, nicknamed Les Eperviers (The Sparrow Hawks),made their first World Cup appearance in 2006. They have never advanced past the first stage of the Cup of Nations, after missing out completely on the last tournament in 2008.
The Tunisia national team, nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage), created history in the 1978 World Cup tournament by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup match, beating Mexico 3–1. It took them 20 years to return
to the finals but they have since qualified for the past three
tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002 and 2006. They were the only
African team to appear at 2002 and 2006. Tunisia also won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004 for the first time in their history, when they hosted the tournament.