Nick Names are special and its often used as substitutes for the proper names of a familiar thing or place.
Its commonly used to express a form of endearment and sometimes amusement, the African cup of Nations comes with a lot of surprising facts, figures, statistics, and history.
Here are the interesting nicknames you need to know;
Aside that, Nicknames make the continental showpiece a recipe of taste for football fanatics
Host nation and former champions Cameroun are in group A with Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, and Ethiopia.
Cameroun is nicknamed the indomitable lions and Burkina Faso who also comes into the tournament with huge prospect comes with a wonderful nickname The ‘Stallions’
Cape Verde who are considered minnows in the AFCON because of their previous performance and are also in Group A and they come into the tournament with a nice nickname The ‘Blue Sharks’
Ethiopia are also in group A and the world number 150th ranked are also nicknamed The’ Walias’
Group B sees Senegal, Guinea, Zimbabwe and Malawi, Senegal who are former champions are called The Lions of Terranga and Guinea who are not newbies in this particular tournament comes with the nickname The ‘Sily National’.
The city of Harare comes and here is the ‘ Warriors’ of Zimbabwe, Malawi complete group B with the nick name The ‘Flames’
Group C; MOROCCO are called the ‘atlas Lions’, Morrocco are in the same group with 4 time champions GHANA who are also coming into the tournament with the name The ‘BLACK STARS’, along Ghana and morocco comes GABON known as the ‘Panthers’ Group C has debutants and its COMOROS who are also called The ‘Coelacanths’
Group D; 2010 winners Egypt are one of the most successful nations when it comes to this particular tournament and they are also called The Pharroas,
Nigeria who is well known of producing qualities players in the history of the AFCON are called The ‘Super Green Eagles’
Sudan are also in group D and are also nicknamed the Falcons of Jedianes, Guinea Bissau are also representing in Cameroon with a sumptiuos nickname called The DJURTUS.
Next is the current champions Algeria who are also called The’ Dessert Foxes’ alongside 2015 champions the Ivory Coast called The’ Elephant; Equitorial Guinea, the former co-hosts are in group E and called ‘ NZALANG NACIONAL’ Serrie Leonne are in with a name The’ leone stars’
The last group is group F and we have The Cottage Eagles of TUNISIA, The Eagles of Mali, The Scorpions of Gambia and lastly the Al-Murabitun meaning The lions of Chinguetti of Mauritania