Aware of the high chance of failure, young African talents show remarkable creativity and resilience as they dream of being the next Sadio Mané.
Thanks to the growing appeal of African football stars and a dream final, Afcon is establishing itself on the world sporting map.
Hosting the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament is hugely important for Cameroon - politically, economically and on the pitch.
Here is a run-down on everything you need to know ahead of the championships.
Although Senegal’s overall World Cup result was disappointing, the team showed that they have a great deal to build on for future campaigns.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.