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2013 Afcon Fixtures, Results, Previews and Reviews

The Afcon final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso will kick off at the National stadium at 20h30 tonight.
Nigeria and Burkina Faso’s unfinished business

The Super Eagles have found their wings at the right time going into the much-anticipated Africa Cup of Nations final against Burkina Faso tonight.

Former Safa Coach Instructor, Zipho Dlangalala hopes Stephen Keshi can win the Afcon tournament with Nigeria.
Looking ahead, Africa in the Confeds Cup

Former Safa Coach Instructor, Zipho Dlangalala says there's been very little creativity, innovation and the absence of outstanding quality that used to characterize Africa football in Afcon.

Nigeria have never lost to Mali in six encounters they've met, with Nigeria winning three of those matches.
Super Eagles have psychological advantage over ordinary Eagles

The Super Eagles of Nigeria play the Eagles of Mali in the semi-final of the 2013 Afcon, SABC News Digital Producer, Sipho Kekana explains why he thinks Nigeria has strong claws to rip Mali.

Nigeria will meet Mali in the semifinals.
Nigeria send Ivory Coast crashing out of Afcon

A goal in either half from Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba booked Nigeria a semifinals spot in the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 victory, sending Ivory Coast crashing out of the competition.

In all, Lamouchi made eight changes to the starting lineup that did duty in Ivory Coast's 2-2 draw with Algeria last week - the last group stage fixture of the tournament.
Lamouchi rings changes for Nigeria clash

Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi has included striker Didier Drogba andYaya Toure in his starting lineup ahead of the Elephants' Afcon quarterfinal encounter with Nigeria in Rustenburg.

Bafana will certainly look back to their participation in the tournament with pride and hope that they can carry the same form into the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers later this year.
Bafana crash out of Afcon staunchly

Bafana Bafana crashed out of the 2013 Afcon tournament, losing 3-1 on spot-kicks to Mali, after the match had ended 1-all in regulation and extra time.

Burkina Faso have only once progressed beyond the group stages of the continental showpiece before, while Togo have have never made it beyond the first round.
Togo, Burkina Faso out to make history

Tomorrow’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) quarterfinal clash in Nelspruit offers the chance for two of the continent's minnows to write a new page in their respective histories.

Bafana Bafana fans will hope Gordon Igesund's game plan is executed well by the players in the crucial Afcon quaterfinal encounter against Mali.
Thin line between Bafana and greatness

There is a very thin line between Bafana Bafana and greatness going into their crucial Afcon quarterfinal encounter against Mali in Durban.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
Pressure on Ghana in Cape Verde clash

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah expects to find Cape Verde a vastly tougher side to beat in the African Nations Cup quarter-final tomorrow, than the one that lost 1-0 to his team in a friendly in November.

Victories over Togo and Tunisia had clinched top spot for Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast 'reserves' storm back to hold Algeria

A virtual second-string Ivory Coast side scored twice inside four minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw with Algeria on Wednesday at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The draw bagged Togo the runners-up spot in Group D and a last eight match-up with Burkina Faso on Sunday.
Togo into quarter-final, Tunisia head home

Togo drew 1-1 with Tunisia on Wednesday to complete the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final cast list and send the Carthage Eagles heading back to Tunis.

Zambia needs three points to leapfrog group leaders, Burkina Faso.
Zambia must win to stay in Afcon cup race

Defending Champions Zambia must win their last group game against Burkina Faso in Nelspruit today to stand any chance of reaching the Africa Nations Cup quarter-finals.

Ghana is chasing their fifth continental crown but their first for 31 years.
Imperious Ghana beat Niger 3-0 to reach quarters

Ghana outclassed Niger 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup as Group B winners on Monday to set up a last eight clash with Cape Verde Islands.

Supporters express their views about Ghana and Niger’s match tonight.
Ghana fans upbeat ahead of Niger clash

Group B favourites Ghana take on Niger in Port Elizabeth tonight.

A 2-all draw against Morocco gave South Africa the all important point to qualify for the quartfinals.
Bafana Bafana through to last eight

Bafana Bafana have qualified for the quarter-final of the African Cup of Nations (Afcon).

In Angola three years ago, Nigeria prevailed on penalties after a goalless draw.
Zambia out to settle old scores with Nigeria

Champions Zambia and Nigeria clash at the Mbombela stadium in a Group B tie tomorrow.

Mali will be hoping for a second win in the tournament when they take on Ghana at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium today.
Mali football team inspired by people back home

Mali coach Patrice Carteron brought his players together for five days in the troubled capital Bamako before the African Cup of Nations to motivate them and let them "feel the atmosphere" back home.

Bafana Bafana need just a point to secure a quaterfinal berth.
South Africa end win drought, Morocco snatch draw

Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund became the toast of the nation when his gamble with the starting line-up paid off, earning South Africa a first win in the tournament in nine years.

Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund has made five brave changes to Bafana Bafana's starting line-up.
Igesund puts future on the line with brave line-up

Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund has most definitely put his future with Bafana Bafana on the line with the very brave starting line-up he has opted for ahead today’s win-or-doom match for Bafana.

Ivory Coast beat Togo 2-1, while Tunisia beat Algeria 1-0 in the first round of Group D's matches yesterday.
Ivory Coast and Tunisia collect points

Following the first few days of the Afcon tournament, which were characterised by draws, Ivory Coast and Tunisia collected maximum points against Togo and Algeria, respectively.

Nigeria is busy with a re-building phase and their coach Stephen Keshi has been given a five year plan to change their fortunes
Burkina Faso, Nigeria share spoils at Afcon

Burkina Faso scored a last minute equaliser to snatch a one-all draw against Nigeria in their Group C Africa Cup of Nations match in Nelspruit last night.

Mali will face off against Niger at the Mbombela stadium tonight.
Back-home strives could haunt Mali: Mali vs Niger Preview

Reports coming out the Malian national football camp in South Africa are thatthe spirit is good among the players.

Ghana will face off against Dr. Congo at the Mbombela stadium at 17h00 today.
Ghana must be wary of DR. Congo: Ghana vs. DR Congo Preview

High expectations were placed on the Ghanaian national team even before the tournament started, to go all the way to lifting the cup come 10 February.

Morocco and Angola also played to a goalless draw, just South Africa and Cape Verde Islands had done in a earlier match.
Angola, Morocco wrap up goalless opening day for Afcon: Review

An unexciting opening day of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations ended goalless as Angola and Morocco drew 0-0 in the first meeting between the countries at the tournament.

Lack of creativity from Letsholonyane and Tshabalala in the midfield rendered striking partnership of Bernard Parker and Majoro ineffective, very rarely looking to trouble the Cape Verde keeper.
Wrong approach costs Bafana: SA vs. Cape Verde Review

Bafana Bafana will need to draw lessons from their second half performance if they habour any chances of advancing to the next stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The match between Morocco and Angola will kick off at 21:00 following the opening match between South Africa and Cape Verde.
Angola vs. Morocco Preview: Troubled Morocco face dark horses Angola

In the second match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the troubled Moroccan side will face off against Angola - a team that could be regarded as the dark horses of the group.

The match kicks off at 18:00 at the National Stadium.
SA vs. Cape Verde Preview: Do Bafana have a card up their sleeve?

The moment of truth is rapidly closing in on Bafana Bafana, when they will finally get the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations underway with the much-anticipated clash against Cape Verde Islands.

The Group stages matches will take place between January 19 and 30.
Group Standings

Sixteen teams will pack their bags and leave the South African shores after the groups stages match - the last of which will be played on January 30.

Afcon logo.
2013 Africa Cup of Nations Results and upcoming Fixtures

2013 Africa Cup of Nations Fixtures.

Match day highlights

Nigeria beat Mali  4 - 1.
Afcon Match Day 15 highlights

Afcon Match Day 15 highlights

Nigeria send Ivory Coast crashing out of Afcon.
Afcon Match Day 14 highlights

Afcon Match Day 14 highlights

Mali's captain Seydou Keita (12) celebrates with his teammates following their victory over South Africa during their African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2013) quarter-final soccer match.
Afcon Match Day 13 highlights

Afcon Match Day 13 highlights

Togo into quarter-final, Tunisia head home
Afcon Match Day 12 highlights

Afcon Match Day 12 highlights

Defending champions Zambia have been eliminated from the tournament after playing to a goalless draw against Burkina Faso.
Afcon Match Day 11 highlights

Afcon Match Day 11 highlights

Ghana beat Niger 3-0.
Afcon Match Day 10 highlights

Afcon Match Day 10 highlights

South Africa and Cape Verde have qualified for the quarterfinals of AFCON 2013.
Afcon Match Day 9 highlights

Afcon Match Day 9 highlights

Ivory Coast beat Tunisa
Afcon Match Day 8 highlights

Afcon Match Day 8 highlights

The stalemate left defending champions Zambia and Nigeria tied at the top of the group.
Afcon Match Day 7 highlights

Afcon Match Day 7 highlights

Ghana beat their old rivals Mali 1-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Afcon Match Day 6 highlights

Afcon Match Day 6 highlights

Bafana Bafana beat Angola 2-0.
Afcon Match Day 5 highlights

Afcon Match Day 5 highlights

Following the first few days of the Afcon tournament, which were characterized by draws, Ivory Coast and Tunisia collected maximum points against Togo and Algeria, respectively.
Afcon Match Day 4 highlights

Afcon Match Day 4 highlights

Defending Afcon Champions Zambia played against Ethiopia.
Afcon Match Day 3 highlights

Group C Match Day 3 highlights.

Ghana played against DR Congo and Mali played Niger in the second Afcon matchday.
Afcon Match Day 2 highlights

Group B Match Day 2 highlights.

Hosts South Africa played Cape Verde in the Afcon opening match
Afcon Match Day 1 highlights

Group A Match Day 1 highlights.

Analysis

Former Safa Coach Instructor, Zipho Dlangalala hopes Stephen Keshi can win the Afcon tournament with Nigeria.
Looking ahead, Africa in the Confeds Cup

Former Safa Coach Instructor, Zipho Dlangalala says there's been very little creativity, innovation and the absence of outstanding quality that used to characterize Africa football in Afcon.

Bafaba Bafana fans will hope Gordon Igeusnd's game plan is executed well by the players in the crucial Afcon quaterfinal match against Mali.
Thin line between Bafana and greatness

There is a very thin line between Bafana Bafana and greatness going into their crucial Afcon quarterfinal encounter against Mali in Durban.

The Sparrow Hawks have not qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament since their debut in 1992.
Togo hope to make history

Togo hope to make history when they face off against Tunisia in a crucial Group D encounter tonight.

Nigerian Soccer Analyst, Ike Obidike has, however, pointed Seydou Keita and Mahamadou Sissoko out as Mali’s danger men, who could pose a threat to Bafana Bafana.
Bafana will win against Mali: Analyst

Nigerian Soccer Analyst, Ike Obidike, predicts that, even though the much-anticipated Afcon Quarterfinal match between South Africa and Mali is going to be a tough one, Bafana will win the match.

Former Bafana Bafana captain, Neil Tovey says it could be dangerous to play for one point against Morocco.
We must go on the offensive against Morocco: Tovey

“Go on the offensive,” that is former Bafana Bafana captain, Neil Tovey’s message to the national team’s technical staff going into the crucial Afcon tournament match against Morocco on Sunday.

In 2010, street football world teamed up with FIFA to make social change.
Mega sporting events: in whose interest?

Jürgen Griesbeck asks in whose interests are mega sporting events amid extreme social inequalities - such as in South Africa, the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and Brazil, the 2014 host?

Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund has made four brave changes to Bafana Bafana's starting line-up.
Igesund puts future on the line with brave line-up

Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund has most definitely put his future with Bafana Bafana on the line with the very brave starting line-up he has opted for ahead today’s win-or-doom match for Bafana.

Football analyst, Sudesh Singh believes with the right tactical approach Bafana Bafana can advance to the quarterfinals of the Afcon tournament.
Bafana must change approach: Singh

Bafana Bafana must change their approach when they take on Angola in a crucial Afcon fixture today if they harbour any chances of collecting maximum points against The Antelopes.

Bafana Bafana will play against Angola today at 17h00.
Public opinion divided on Bafana

Following a far from inspiring performance in the opening game of the Orange African Cup of Nation (Afcon), public opinion is divided on Bafana’s fate this week against Angola.

Youth football coach, Zipho Dlangalala says this Afcon tournament edition has no place for underdogs.
Sparks will fly in the Afcon: Dlangalala

Youth football coach, Zipho Dlangalala says the Afcon 2013, which is set to kick off tomorrow promises to be a very interesting tournament in more ways than one - the one where sparks will fly!

Thabo Dladla says SA football needs "educated former footballers to take leadership positions in football" to save the No.: 1 sport in the country.
Bafana don’t need favours: Dladla

Football analyst, Thabo Dladla argues that world-class talent in the country is being wasted and as a result, the country has to settle for favours - as in hosting a tournament in order to compete.

Former Bafana Bafana coach, Ted Dumitru.
2013 – New hopes for SA football

Former Bafana Bafana coach, Ted Dumitru, who also coached a number of local teams and won trophies with them, shares 12 resolutions that he believes SAFA should include in their 2013 Agenda.

Sudesh Sigh says it is unrealisting for people to believe Bafana Bafana can win the Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in SA early in 2013.
Let’s put things into perspective: Singh

I recently heard Robin Petersen mention that he was going to ask for assistance from the German FA to help with our football development and saving the game in the country and that’s a big concern!

 Prof. L S Jeevanantaham says the fact that football is extremely popular in South Africa, but not its ‘African Identity’, poses a huge concern.
Reactive identification

Contradicting styles of play in the PSL, as well as in all the Youth National Teams right up to the National Team invoke a very critical question.

Bafana Bafana are expected to emulate the class of '96 by winning the African Cup of Nations on home soil.
21st century football revolution … SA football can learn a lot

Behold: FC Barcelona has revolutionized the game, and how I wish the powers that be in our football would learn from such successes.

Former Bafana Bafana coach, Ted Dumitru says perpetual ignorance leads to perpetual failure and it should not be accepted anymore in South African football.
Paying dearly for football ignorance

Joseph Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, says he has been analysing African football and the problems facing African football are a matter of technical nature.

Former Bafana Bafana coach, Ted Dumitru says in South Africa, out of approximately 6900 trained coaches only 11 are youth qualified coaches.
Paying dearly for football ignorance

Joseph Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, says he has been analysing African football and the problems facing African football are a matter of technical nature.

SABC journalist blogs

SABC Digital News Producer, Sipho Kekana says Bafana Bafana are not ready for Afcon.
Igesund is worse than Mosimane … but our football is the worst

SABC Digital News Producer, Sipho Kekana lets rip as he argues why there's very little to look forward to as Bafana Bafana gears up for the Africa Cup of Nations.

SABC sport journalist, Themba Shiba.
Afcon 2013: Should we even be there?

Call me unpatriotic if you like but South Africa is not yet ready to participate in the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Simon Burke looks at whether people will attend matches.
Will anyone show up to AFCON 2013?

The skeptics answer from Simon Burke...

SABC journo Sifiso Ramara's blog on Bafana
The Bafana Redemption

Sifiso Ramara looks at the downward spiral of the national team.

Team Profiles

South Africa failed to qualify for the past two tournaments in 2010 and 2012.
Pressure on South Africa to emulate class of 1996

Just as it was the case ahead of South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Bafana Bafana have the odds stacked against them going into the 2013 Afcon tournament as hosts.

Cape Verde are regarded as the weakest team in the tournament.
Cape Verde hope to retain their Afcon qualification form

The team that will face South Africa in the opening match of the tournament on 19 January is regarded as the weakest team in the tournament because of their rookies’ status.

Angola have never gone beyond the quarterfinal stages of the tournament.
Can Angola break their quarterfinal hoodoo?

Despite high expectations, the Angolan national team has failed to go beyond the quarterfinals stages of the African Nations Cup in the four occasions they have featured in the tournament.

Mali have stars that can turn it on for them on a good day.
Mali slowly making a mark in African football

Boasting some good players in the likes of Seydou Keita, Adama Coulibaly and Adama Tamboura, among other, Mali has proven to be a rising force on the African continent.

Niger can be giant-killers on their day.
Are Niger on a mission to make a statement?

Highly-underestimated in the 2012 Afcon qualifiers, Niger shocked South Africa, Egypt and Sierra Leone to qualify for the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Ghana need to prove they are not overrated.
Can Ghana produce more than just potential at all?

In Andre Ayew, John Pantshil, Asmoah Gyan, Sulley Munatri, Kwado Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu among an array of other stars, Ghana has the team that can send shivers down any opposition’s spine.

Defending Champions, Zambia will need to reassure their fans that they have reclaimed their position in African football.
Zambia looks to proof the 2012 triumph was not a fluke

Zambia have struck one thing right, which most African teams seem to get wrong: they understood that to develop a good national team you need to take care of your junior teams.

Not much is expected from the war-threatened DR Congo side.
Congo under pressure

They may have used to be a force more than three decades ago while they were still called Zaire, but that’s one history that is not going to give any of their opposition the creeps.

Nigeria haven't lived up to the expectations in recent tournaments.
Nigeria under pressure to reclaim their position in African football

The Super Eagles, as Nigeria are known, have arguably become an ordinary team in Africa.

Burkina Faso finished fourth as hosts in 1998.
Can Burkina Faso outdo their 1998 showing?

Burkina Faso are a team still trying to establish themselves as a force on the African continent.

Ethiopia las played in the Afcon tournament in 1982.
Ethiopia look to have their backs against the wall

Most will be forgiven to think this is Ethiopia’s maiden appearance in the African Nations Cup.

Côte d'Ivoire lost to Zambia in the 2012 tournament.
Côte d'Ivoire hope not to choke again

Fancied to win the 2012 Afcon tournament against Zambia, Côte d'Ivoire failed to rise to the occasion, and succumbed to the more-determined Zambian team.

It has been 22 years since Algeria won the tournament.
Can Algeria repeat what they last did in 1990?

Together with Côte d'Ivoire, Algeria are a team expected to make it through to the quarterfinals of the tournament and stage a resounding contest for African championship.

Tunisia lost to South Africa in the finals of the 1994 tournament in South Africa.
Tunisia hope to surpass their 1994 performance in SA

If consistency in qualifying for the tournament could translate into automatic results in the tournament Tunisia would be crowned champions in South Africa.

Togo was knocked out in the group stages at the 2012 Afcon tournament.
Togo looks to make up for 2012 Afcon performance

Togo will be hoping to redeem themselves for their disappointing showing at the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

On and off field action

President Jacob Zuma.
Afcon LOC honours Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has been honoured with the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations silver plate.

Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo.
Bafana captain desperate for victory

Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo is desperate for his under-pressure team to make the most of their second chance when they come up against Angola in a crucial Group A match on Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana players train for the Afcon tournament.
Pressure on for Bafana Bafana

A win is almost non-negotiable as Bafana Bafana take on Angola in Durban tomorrow night in their second Group A match of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Bafana also rose one position to 22nd among African nations.
Bafana move up world rankings

Bafana Bafana have climbed two places to 85th in the latest Fifa world rankings, released on yesterday, on the eve of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

LOC CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe.
Afcon LOC ready: Mbebe

While it expects some bumps along the way, the Africa Cup of Nations local organising committee (Afcon LOC) has reiterated its stance that it is ready to host the tournament which kicks off tomorrow.

The ceremony will start on Saturday afternoon ahead of Bafana Bafana's match against Cape Verde.
Spectacular Afcon Opening Ceremony promised

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Organising Committee has promised soccer fans that the opening ceremony will be a spectacular celebration of African musical royalty.

Afcon kick off is on Saturday at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.
Phiyega promises crime free Afcon

National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, says all security precautions and plans have been developed to ensure that the forthcoming Afcon soccer spectacular remains free of crime.

Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo says their aim is to fight for the country.
Bafana Bafana rejects bonus incentive

Bafana Bafana have decided to place the country first before self-interest.

LOC spokesperson, Sipho Sithole has blamed people for waiting until the last minute to get their accreditations sorted out.
Frustration at Afcon accreditation centre

There was frustration and anger at the Africa Cup of Nations Accreditation Centre in Nasrec today.

Druban's Moses Mabhida stadium is to host six Afcon games, including a quarter-final and semi-final at the 54,000-seater venue.
Only a quarter of tickets sold for Durban

Only a quarter of the tickets for Africa Cup of Nations matches to be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban have been sold, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) revealed on today.

Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula is confident that North West football fans can fill the Royal Bafokeng stadium to capacity.
Mbalula urges N West fans to buy Afcon tickets

Rustenburg and North West residents are urged to go out in their numbers to buy tickets for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Bafana Bafana take on Cape Verde in the opening match on Saturday.
Zuma urges Bafana Bafana to rise to the occasion

With just four days to go to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, President Jacob Zuma has urged Bafana Bafana to ignore the critics and focus on the job at hand.

Zambia's key defender Stopilla Sunzu.
Zambia happy to let defender go to England ahead of Cup

Zambia say they are happy with the opportunity for their key defender Stopilla Sunzu to go to Reading this week, even though he is a key component of their squad for the African Nations Cup finals.

The Africa Cup of Nations starts on January 19, 2013.
No ambush marketing during Afcon

The Africa Cup of Nations 2013 has been officially designated as a 'protected event' in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act.

Cape Verdeans’ coach Lucio Antunes says opponents in their group carried more of a burden to perform.
Pressure will be on Bafana – Cape Verde

Bafana Bafana’s opponents for the 2013 Afcon opening match, Cape Verde Islands are taking comfort in the fact that pressure will be on the South African team to do well when the two teams lock horns.

The Togolese team is hopeful that it will do well during Afcon.
Togo settles disputes and resumes Afcon training

Togo has resumed training after players' internal disputes were resolved with just six days to go before the 2013 Afcon.

SABC Sports Analyst, Mzimasi Mgebisi.
Analyst predicts SA/Ghana Afcon final

SABC Sports Analyst, Mzimasi Mgebisi has predicted that Bafana Bafana could go all the way in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and possibly meet Ghana in the finals.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
Igesund keeps his chin up as Afcon approaches

With the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) just 10 days away, South Africa's 1-0 defeat to Norway has failed to dampen the spirits of Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.

Bafana lost 1-0 to Norway at Cape Town Stadium last night.
Norway beats Bafana

Bafana Bafana were edged out 1-0 by a youthful and inexperienced Norway side at Cape Town Stadium last night.

Bafana Bafana will play against Norway in Cape Town tonight.
Bafana needs a win against Norway: Kekana

Bafana Bafana need to win the match against Norway tonight to gain the much needed confidence going into the Africa Cup of Nations tournament on January 19.

Winger Andre Ayew picked up a minor thigh problem during training with his French club Olympique Marseille last week.
Ayew excluded from Ghana squad over fitness doubts

Winger Andre Ayew has been excluded from Ghana's squad for this month's African Nations Cup after he failed to show up on time for the medical staff to assess an injury, coach Kwesi Appiah said today.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
No big surprises as Igesund names Afcon squad

There were no big surprises, except for a few names, when Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund announced his 23-man squad in Johannesburg today for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Chief Executive Officer of the LOC, Mvuzo Mbebe says he’s content, but not happy.
Afcon ticket sales fails to meet target

More than 300 000 tickets for the upsoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) have been sold - less than the envisaged target of half a million before the end of the year.

Nigeria's Shola Ameobi.
Nigeria send mixed messages over Newcastle's Ameobi stance

Nigeria have hit out at Newcastle United for not allowing Shola Ameobi to play at next month's African Nations Cup.

Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund.
Testing time for Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana players in the provisional 2013 African Cup of Nations squad have only three days to prove that they are worth a place in the final 23 to represent the country.

Yaya Toure claimed the prize for the second consecutive year.
Yaya Toure Named CAF Player of The Year

Ivorian Yaya Toure of Manchester City won Africa's top football honour yesterday, beating out his countryman Didier Drogba and Alexandre Song of Cameroon for the CAF player of the year award.

Member of the Safa National Executive Committee, Robin Peterson.
Safa NEC to discuss suspension of officials

The National Executive Committee of Safa will meet in Durban on Saturday, and the suspension of five senior members following allegations of match fixing will top the agenda.

Bafana Bafana are currently the lowest-ranked team in Group A ahead of the Afcon tournament.
Bafana drop three places on Fifa rankings

With only 29 days to go before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, Bafana Bafana have dropped three places to 87th in the latest Fifa world rankings.

Coach Herve Renard considers the friendlies a key factor in his preparations.
Busy Africa Cup build-up for champions Zambia

African champions Zambia have adopted a practice-makes-perfect philosophy before defending the title in South Africa during January.

Minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula.
Match fixing scandal throws a dark cloud: Mbalula

Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula says the recent match fixing scandal involving SAFA's top leadership has thrown a dark cloud on South African football just a month before the Africa Cup of Nations.

Suspended SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.
SAFA president suspended over match fixing

The South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani has been suspended following allegations of match fixing contained in a FIFA report.

The Mbombela municipality has been allocated R44.5 million to improve facilitie.
Mbombela municipality rejects reports of financial shortfalls

The Mbombela local municipality has refuted reports that the city might experience a financial shortfall during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 games to be hosted in the country.

Home Affairs will deploy an additional 300 officials at the borders for Afcon.
Home Affairs prepares for Afcon

The Home Affairs department will extend its office hours and increase the number of staff on duty during the African Cup of Nations, it said yesterday.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani.
Petersen to drive football development

The South African Football Association hopes its former CEO, Robin Petersen, deployed to run the body's new development arm, will assist in lifting the quality and depth of the sport in the country.

African Nations Cup will kick off in South Africa on 19 January.
Togo coach doubts his future ahead of Nations Cup

Togo coach Didier Six has cast doubt on his future with the embattled side ahead of the African Nations Cup finals next month.

Angola soccer coach Gustavo Ferrin.
Angola coach fails to travel as he seeks unpaid wages

Angola soccer coach Gustavo Ferrin failed to travel with his squad for the start of their African Nations Cup preparations because of a dispute over his unpaid salary, Angolan press reported today.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
Igesund optimistic of Afcon success

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has some reason to feel optimistic ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The LOC Chief Communication Officer, Sipho Sithole says the 10% target by tomorrow is still within reach.
LOC still confident of 50 000 Afcon tickets sales mark

With only over a day to go, the African Cup of Nations’ Local Organising Committee is still confident it will reach their end-of-November 50 000 mark in ticket sales for the tournament.

The PSL and the SAPS are working together to establish national operating standards to fight hooliganism and crowd violence during matches.
Soweto derby will be used as dry run for Afcon security measures

Security measures for next weekend's much anticipated Soweto derby between arch-rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will be used as a dry run for next year's Afcon tournament.

African Cup of Nations winner in 1996, Neil Tovey.
I have got extreme confidence in Gordon: Tovey

Poor performances over the years have seen Bafana Bafana's world ranking tumble to an all-time low of 84th.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Bafana can win Afcon: Tshabalala

Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala believes the national football team can lift the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy in front of their home crowd.

The Afcon Cup makes its appearance in the Eastern Cape(SABC)
Afcon Cup makes its stop in PE

The African Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy tour has made its stop in Port Elizabeth. The next stop will be Johannesburg and then Nelspruit.

Marketing for Afcon has been put under the spotlight.
Time and money blamed for poor Afcon marketing

With 58 days to go before the opening of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon), there is still no visible branding.

LOC CEO
Afcon CEO lambasts locals

African Cup of Nations CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe, has lambasted the South African public for not showing enough excitement towards the hosting of Africa's biggest soccer spectacle.

Afcon LOC CEO Mvuzo Mbebe.
Afcon CEO lambasts S Africans for lack of tournament excitement

African Cup of Nations CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe, has lambasted the South African public for not showing enough excitement towards the hosting of Africa's biggest soccer spectacle in January next year.

AFCON 2013 takes place in South Africa from 19 January – 10 February 2013.
Mpumalanga to use adjustment Budget for Afcon

The province of Mpumalanga says it will spend three million rand to fund the provincial medical service for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) that is due to take place early next year

Who to watch out for

Seydou Keita.
Seydou Keita - Malian Midfielder

Boasting the experience he gained playing for some of Europe’s best teams, Seydou Keita has been an instrumental figure in the Malian midfield since his debut in 2002.

Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Siphiwe Tshabalala - South African midfielder

Some football analyst believe, following Siphiwe Tshabalala’s 2010 World Cup performance, what he needed was a move abroad to challenge him and turn him into an even better player.

Didier Drogba.
Didier Drogba - Côte d’Ivoire striker

A number of issues put Didier Drogba - the country’s best striker with more than 50 goals – under pressure to deliver nothing less than an African championship to the people of Côte d’Ivoire.

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