With the largest number of countries ever participating, it also broadens the scope for more exciting young talent to emerge from the searing north African heat and put themselves in the shop window for onlooking European sides.
Premier League household names such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane,
Baghdad Bounedjah - Algeria
If your goals to game ratio was the deciding factor, then Bounedjah would be playing for the Barcelona's of this world already. The Algerian forward plies his trade for
Hakim Ziyech - Morocco
Linked with just about every club in Europe at the moment, Moroccan Ziyech has been in scintillating form for Ajax this term, contributing to 29 goal in 29 league games.
Little needs to be said about putting himself in the shop window of other European sides, because he's practically on the street already. Arsenal, United and Real Madrid have all been linked so far, and he is set to increase his stock further when he leads his nation's forward line in a tough group featuring Ivory Coast, South Africa and Namibia.
Mbwana Samatta - Tanzania
A player who has really come to life this season is Tanzania's Samatta after a superb individual and club campaign for Genk in the Belgian First Division.
The 2018/19 season was the 26-year-old striker's fourth in Belgium, but unquestionably his most prolific after netting 32 goals across 53 matches in all competitions. His 20 league goals placed him top of the goalscoring charts in the whole division and he was duly named
Salif Sane - Senegal
Moussa Marega - Mali
Those who have tuned in to the Champions League this season will be familiar with Malian striker Marega, who, quite frankly, is hard to miss anyway. Possessing a monstrous frame, the Porto striker is already a wanted man by Chelsea and Wolves, if The Sun are to be believed.
Therefore, a strong AFCON showing could really tip the scale for interested clubs who are thought to be willing to spend in the region of £30m for the French-born forward. Marega had another strong campaign in the
Andre Onana - Cameroon
Arguably Onana is already at a major European side in Ajax, a club who won their domestic league and reached the Champions League semi finals. Much of the Dutch club's success this term is attributed to the 23-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper, who has put 'bigger' European sides on red alert after some superb displays in between the sticks.
United have already been credited with making a failed bid for the stopper, and it looks set to be a period of uncertainty for his parent club, who will be desperate not to lose any more of their major stars this summer.
Knowledge Musona - Zimbabwe
When you think a name couldn't get any better, Musona is more commonly referred to as 'The Smiling Assassin'. Fantastic nicknames aside, the Zimbabwean winger is attracting some attention from across Europe after beginning to establish himself in the Belgian leagues as something of a speed merchant.
Agile and capable of breezing past defenders, Musona has the tough task of facing off against Egypt, RD Congo and Uganda in his country's AFCON group.
Nicolas Pepe - Ivory Coast
Whether or not Pepe will have sealed a move to a major European side before the competition takes place is yet to be decided, however, it is highly unlikely the Ivorian will still be a Lille player at the start of next season.
The winger is fiercely quick and has absolutely tore up Ligue 1 this season at just 23 years old. He's scored a staggering 22 league goals and chipped in with 11 assists in 37 league outings, plenty of reasons why Manchester City and Arsenal are circling over a possible summer move.