1. Cote d’Ivore

African cup of nations;In 1992, they won the tournament by beating Ghana in the finals. In 2006, they made it upto the quarter finals by defeating their rivals Cameroon. In 2015, they again defeated Ghanaians in the finals, hence emerging the champions.

World Cup;In 2006,they qualified and played their first game against Argentina, Netherlands, Serbia, and Monte Serbia in round 16s, where they were disqualified. In 2010, Ivory coast was grouped with Brazil, Portugal and north Korea. They managed to finish third in their Group G, with Brazil and Portugal progressing.

Among the teams top scorers are Didier Drogba, with 104 goals and Yaya Toure with 100 goals. Some of the notable players, who have played in Europe include; Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Wilfred Bonny and Seydou Doumbia. Their current head coach is Marc Wilmots.

2. Ghana

African Cup of Nations; Ghanaians were the champions of the tournament in the year 1963 ’65 ’78 and ’82. They qualified for the tournament twenty times thus finishing as runners-up five times, third once and fourth three times. They have a record of the most appearances in the tournament and with most consecutive semifinals appearances with five straights between 2008 and 2015.

The team has competed in three African Nations Championships tournaments and twice finished as runners-up.

World cup; Ghanaians have qualified for three FIFA World Cup tournaments in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2006, they were the only ones from the African side to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup in Germany  and the 6th Nation in arrow from Africa to progress beyond the group stages in World Cup. They were ranked as the 13th out of 32 countries which participated in the tournament. In 2010 World Cup, they managed to progress beyond the group stages and were eliminated at the quarter finals. Ghanaians were ranked as the 7th out of 32 countries that were part of the tournament. In 2014 World Cup, they qualified and were drawn in Group G with Germany, United States and Portugal. They fell in group stages by tying with Germany and losing to United States and Portugal.

The current top scorer is Asamoah Gyan, with 51 goals, most caped with 105. The head coach is James Kwesi Appiah.

3. Algeria

African Cup of Nations; Algerians have made full appearance in the tournament consecutively from the year 1990  to 2010. In 1990, they hosted the tournament and they were crowned as champions by defeating  Nigerian in a victory of 1-0. In the 2010 championships, they lost 1-0 to Nigeria in the 3rd place game, finishing as the fourth in the competition.

World CupIn 1982, they made their first appearance. However they were disqualified by a draw of 2-2 with the Europeans Champion West Germany. In 1986 World Cup, they qualified but they were lost in their first round. Only one of the Algerian, Djamel Zidane scored for the team. Thereafter they didn’t qualified again until the year 2010. In 2010 World Cup, they lost their first game to Slovenia by a loss of 1-0. They also lost their final game to the United Sates 1-0 hence been disqualified.

The current team top Scorer is  Abdelhefid Tasfaout with 35goals, 1991-2002. the team head coach is Halilhodzic.

4. Zambia

African Cup of Nations; Zambians have been part of the tournament for the following years; 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. It was until the year 2012, where they were crowned as champions of the tournament.

They made their first appearance in FIFA World Cup qualifiers  in the year 1964, when they gained independence.

Current leading team top scorer is Godfrey Chitalu with 79 goals, 1968-1980. Current team manager is Wedson Nyirenda.

5. Mali

African Cup of Nations; In 1994, they qualified for the tournament but hey lost at the semifinals. In 2010, they qualified for the tournament. They made a recode come back of 4-0 within 11 minutes to 4-4 with Angola. This s one of the best come backs in recent memory.

World Cup; Malians made their first World Cup qualifier in 2000. In 2006 World Cup, they lost in Preliminary round to Libya. They beat Guinea Bissau in the preliminaries but they didn’t manage beyond there, hence finishing fourth in their group.

The current team top scorer is Seydou Keita with 25 goals, 1998-2015.