The Africa Cup of Nations got underway on Friday evening, as hosts Egypt sealed a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the curtain-raiser in Cairo.
It's set to be one of the most competitive editions in the tournament's history, having been expanded to 24 teams for the very first time.
Here's a look at eight of the favourites to come away with the top prize in July.
Cameroon head into this year's tournament as the defending champions, but they aren't one of the outright favourites to lift the trophy again this time around. Despite their pedigree, the 'Indomitable Lions' lack experience in their ranks, with PSG's Eric Choupo-Moting being the most-capped player in the 23-man squad.
However, it must be noted that Cameroon weren't expected to succeed in 2017, so they'll still be ones to keep an eye on in Egypt.
Manager - Clarence Seedorf
Former Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan legend Clarence took over in August 2018, but it would be reasonable to suggest that his managerial career hasn't exactly taken off just yet. He has plenty to prove, so this could be a huge tournament for the Dutchman.
Star Player - Andre Onana
Andre Onana was in fine form for Ajax during their stunning 2018/19 campaign, putting in some impressive performances between the sticks. He's said to be on the radar of Manchester United, so he'll be keen to impress.
Plenty are overlooking Tunisia this year - partly because they lack any real recognisable stars - but they cannot be underestimated, having pipped Egypt in their qualifying group to get here.
They weren't all that impressive at the World Cup last year, but are well-organised and tough to break down, as England found out in their opening game in Russia. The absence of Mohamed Amine Ben Amor through injury comes as a huge blow, but don't be surprised to see them go far.
Manager - Alain Giresse
Former French international Alain Giresse took charge of Tunsia in December, so hasn't had too much time with the 'Eagles of Carthage'. He has plenty of experience in Africa though, having managed Gabon, Mali and Senegal.
Star Player - Wahbi Khazri
Wahbi Khazri enjoyed a stellar season in France with Saint-Etienne, scoring 13 goals to help his side to a fourth-place finish.
He'll be Tunisia's main source of goals and his international experience will be vital.
6. Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast aren't quite the same team of years gone by, but they still have quality in abundance, particularly in the final third, with players plying their trade right across Europe all set to feature - including the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Franck Kessie and Nicolas Pepe.
That being said, this is a very inexperienced group without an identifiable leader in their midst, so they may initially struggle to gel together as a cohesive unit.
Manager - Ibrahim Kamara
Marc Wilmots was replaced by Ibrahim Kamara last summer, following on from Les Elephants' failure to qualify for the World Cup. Kamara has previously managed a host of Ivory Coast youth sides, so he's already worked with a number of his squad.
Star Man - Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe is being targeted by a host of top European teams this summer after he exploded onto the scene with Lille in 2018/19.
Only Kylian Mbappe scored more goals than the 24-year-old on Ligue 1, so Ivory Coast will be dependent on his goals in Egypt.
No one at this year's tournament has left behind as strong a list of individuals as Algeria, exemplifying how well equipped they are to succeed in Egypt.
They're a well-balanced squad, brimming with exciting attacking talents and, after their disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign, they have a point to prove - they just have to navigate a tricky looking group first.
Djamel Belmadi Star Man - Riyad Mahrez 4. Nigeria Overview Manager - Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr has been in charge of Nigeria since 2016 and has previously managed four African sides at AFCON in the past. He's one of the most experienced managers in the tournament, so Nigeria are in safe hands.
Star Player - Alex Iwobi
Nigeria have a number of talented wide players in their ranks, but Alex Iwobi has the most experience of playing at the highest level. He finished the season with a stunning substitute performance in the Europa League final, so he'll be hoping to carry that momentum through with him.
There is always going to be plenty of expectation on the shoulders of the hosts, but that gets amplified even further when they look to be one of the strongest contenders to come away with the top prize.
Of course, all the attention will be on Mohamed Salah, but Egypt have to shine all over the park if they are to stand a chance this year.
Javier Aguirre Star Player - Mohamed Salah 2. Senegal Overview
Senegal were the best-performing African side at the World Cup, missing out on knockout qualification only due to their inferior disciplinary record compared to Japan, so they'll be confident of achieving some success here.
They have plenty of top players in their ranks and made light work of qualification to AFCON, securing more points than any other team on their way to Egypt.
Star Player - Sadio Mane
1. Morocco Overview Manager - Herve Renard
Herve Renard is the only manager to have won AFCON with two different nations - Zambia and Ivory Coast. He has the pedigree, so Morocco couldn't wish for a better manager to guide them to success.
Star Player - Hakim Ziyech
A midfield talent who can do just about everything, Hakim Ziyech currently has the world at his feet. The Ajax star was central to their success in the Eredivisie and Champions League, so expect him to shine once again.