Ranked 103th in the world, the Al-Murabitun of Mauritania would participate in their first ever AFCON tournament. They are billed in Group E to lock horns with Mali, Tunisia and Angola.
On their journey to their first ever qualification, Mauritania beat Burkina Faso 2-0, Angola 1-0 and Botswana 2-1 at their own back yard.
According to James Mckeown ,An integral squad member who would looking forward to plant the ball into the net is their top scorer, Cheik El Khalil Moulaye Ahmed ; commonly known as Bessam. He has 12 goals to his credit and plies his trade for Ligue 1 Mauritanian club FC Nouadhibou. Another player to watch out for is Adama Ba who plays as a left midfielder for Turkish TFF First League club Gazişehir Gaziantep.