Nicknames of African National Football Teams


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) comprises 54 member countries, many of which are renowned for their distinctive nicknames.

Most of them are known for nicknames associated with majestic animals, symbols of strength, or ancient heroes.

Super Eagles of Nigeria vs Bafana Bafana of South Africa during their semi-final encounter at the 2023 AFCON in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire (07/02/2024). Nigeria won the game 4-2 on penalties. Photo: @NGSuperEagles on X

Here is the complete list of African National Football Teams by their nicknames:

  1. African Wild Dogs: Guinea-Bissau
  2. Almoravids: Mauritania
  3. Atlas Lions: Morocco
  4. Black Sable Antelopes (Palancas Nebraska): Angola
  5. Bafana Bafana (The Boys): South Africa
  6. The Barea: Madagascar
  7. Big Cats or Wild Beasts: Central African Republic
  8. Black Stars: Ghana
  9. Blue Sharks: Cape Verde
  10. Brave Warriors: Namibia
  11. Bright Stars: South Sudan
  12. Burundi Swallows: Burundi
  13. Eagles of Carthage: Tunisia
  14. Red Sea Camels: Eritrea
  15. Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets): Zambia
  16. Coelacanths: Comoros
  17. Cranes: Uganda
  18. Crocodiles: Lesotho
  19. Red Devils: Congo
  20. Dodos or Club M: Mauritius
  21. Eagles: Mali
  22. Flames: Malawi
  23. Foxes: Angola
  24. Green Yellows: Sao Tome and Principe
  25. Harambee Stars: Kenya
  26. Indomitable Lions: Cameroon
  27. Kilimanjaro Stars or Taifa Stars: Tanzania
  28. Leone Stars: Sierra Leone
  29. Lone Stars: Liberia
  30. Leopards: DR Congo
  31. Mambas: Mozambique
  32. Mediterranean Knights: Libya
  33. The Mena: Niger Republic
  34. The National Thunder or Nzalang Nacional: Equatorial Guinea
  35. Nile Crocodiles: Sudan
  36. Ocean Stars: Somalia
  37. Panthers: Gabon
  38. Pharaohs: Egypt
  39. Seychelles Pirates: Seychelles
  40. Shoremen of the Red Sea: Djibouti
  41. King’s Shield: Eswatini
  42. Scorpions: The Gambia
  43. Sparrow Hawks: Togo
  44. Stallions: Burkina Faso
  45. Squirrels: Benin Republic
  46. Super Eagles: Nigeria
  47. Teranga Lions or Lions of Teranga: Senegal
  48. Dipitse (Zebras): Botswana
  49. The Sao: Chad
  50. Walyas: Ethiopia
  51. National Elephants: Guinea
  52. Wasps: Rwanda
  53. Warriors: Zimbabwe
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