THE fifth edition of the African Nations Championships is underway in Casablanca.
Hosts Morocco face Mauritania in the opening game with 16 teams in total fighting to get their hands on the trophy.
Hosts Morocco start the games with a match in Group A against Mauritania
What is the African Nations Championships?
THE African Nations Championships is a competition held every two years in Africa.
In 2009, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) introduced the tournament which was won by DR Congo.
The original competition was between eight teams but in 2011 the tournament grew to 16 nations.
Who are the former winners of the competition?
AS WELL as winning the competition in its inaugural year, DR Congo were also victorious in 2016.
In the 2011 tournament, which was held in Sudan, Tunisa lifted the trophy after beating Angola 3-0.
The 2014 final in Algeria between Libya and Ghana went to penalties with Libya coming out on top.
Where is it being held?
THE fifth edition of the competition is being held in Morocco.
Originally the competition was meant to be held in Kenya but in September 2017 CAF decided to changed the host nation due to lack of progress with preparations.
Morocco, Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia bid to replace Kenya as the hosts.
What is the difference between this competition and the African Cup of Nations?
THE main difference between the African Nations Championships and the African Cup of Nations is that the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic league.
For example Yaya Toure, who plays domestically in England for Manchester City, is not eligible to play in the competition.
The next African Cup of Nations will be taking place in Cameroon in June 2019.