Zambia v Ethiopia
On day three, Ethiopia in their first tournament since 1982 face the holders Zambia. Ethiopia qualified after a win against Sudan over two legs, questions can be raised whether they will be a danger to the competition with only two of their squad playing outside of Ethiopia. Zambia had to overcome a penalty shootout against Uganda to qualify. The pressure is on them to perform, to retain their crown. It will be a test of Herne Revard and his coaching abilities as they start a challenging group. Anything less than a win will be deemed as a failure.
Player to watch- Jacob Mulenga
The Utrecht forward missed out last year due to injury and will be keen to make his name in this years competition. With his pace, power and quality finishing, it is no surprise that Premier League clubs have been tracking him.
Nigeria v Burkina Faso
Nigeria have been absent since 2010, but they will still be deemed as one of the favourites for the tournament with their array of stars. They qualified comprehensively with a win over Liberia. Burkina Faso are competing in their consecutive Cup of Nations tournament, the last two tournaments have been forgotten after both times they failed to qualify from the group.
Player to watch- Victor Moses
Just last year Victor Moses made his debut for Nigeria and now he is competing in first Cup of Nations. The former Wigan and Crystal Palace man has been perhaps the most impressive player under Rafa Benitez at Chelsea. He could provide one of the best threats of a goal for Nigeria.