Ghana will lead a pack of 8 other West African countries to the 32nd African cup of Nations in Egypt, with the zone going into the tournament with the largest representation of teams.
The West Africans, with a total of 9 championship trophies, Ghana has 4 trophies, Nigeria 3, and Ivory Coast with 2 titles.
1992 host Senegal makes their 15th appearance at the competition, with Mali coming for their 11th tournament.
The zone has one debutant, with Mauritania coming for their first tournament, Guinea Bissau also makes their second appearance, with Guinea, and Benin also making appearance to the competition to be dominated by the West.
Ghana goes into this competition 8th time in a role after qualifying for all the competitions since 2006 in Egypt.
The other zones are also significantly represented with formidable countries including Cameroon, South Africa, DR. Congo, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Defending champions Cameroon will represent Central Africa with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
South Africa have the second largest representation with five teams from the South.
Angola, Madagascar, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have all qualified for the competition in Egypt.
East Africa will be represented by Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and Uganda.
Host Egypt lead the North African contingent and are joined by Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Twenty four teams will participate in the competition this year for the first time since the tournament was expanded.