Saturday, January 19, 2013

African Cup of Nations 2013:Ready, set, GO.....AL

Fireworks sure to light up Africa
The 29th edition of CAF’s Nations Cup kicks off in Johannesburg today Saturday with host South Africa facing first time qualifiers Cape Verde in the National Stadium while Angola will meet Morocco at 19:00 in group A

10 previous winners are among the 16 contending nations including Ivory Coast who are returning for the 5th consecutive time as Africa’s favorite.  Even with Nigeria’s lack of vigor, with the help of Coach Stephen Keshi and his  strict approach coupled with the ranks of gifted talent including Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, this could be the YEAR for the Super Eagles of Nigeria to make their big comeback.

The 16-nation tournament in South Africa, which starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 10 will feature a string of household names, including Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor, John Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure and many, many more ESPN will televise the tournament, and viewers can also catch the tournament on, the network said Friday.

Here are the groups:
Group: A
South Africa, Angola, Cape verde, & Morocco
Group: B
Congo DR, Ghana, Mali, & Niger
Group: C
Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria & Zambia
Group: D
Algeria, Ivory Coast, Togo, & Tunisia

Group fixtures:
Group: A
Saturday January 19 - Johannesburg
South Africa v Cape Verde Islands (4 pm)
Angola v Morocco (7 pm)
Wednesday January 23 – Johannesburg
South Africa v Angola (3 pm)
Morocco v Cape Verde Islands (6 pm)
Sunday January 27 – Durban
Morocco v South Africa (5 pm)
Sunday January 27 – Port Elizabeth
Cape Verde Islands v Angola (5 pm)

Group: B

 Sunday January 20 – Port Elizabeth
Ghana v DR Congo (3pm)
Mali v Niger (6pm)
Thursday January 24 – Port Elizabeth
Ghana v Mali (3pm)
Niger v DR Congo (6pm)
Monday January 28 – Port Elizabeth
Ghana v Niger (5pm)
Monday January 28 – Durban
DR Congo v Mali (5pm) 
Group: C
Monday January 21 – Nelspruit
Zambia v Ethiopia (3pm)
Nigeria v Burkina Faso (6pm)
Friday January 25 – Nelspruit
Zambia v Nigeria (3pm)
Burkina Faso v Ethiopia (6pm)
Tuesday January 29 – Nelspruit
Zambia v Burkina Faso (5pm)
Tuesday January 29 – Rustenburg
Ethiopia v Nigeria (5pm) 
Group: D
Tuesday January 22 – Rustenburg
Ivory Coast v Togo (3pm)
Tunisia v Algeria (6pm)
Saturday January 26 – Rustenburg
Ivory Coast v Tunisia (3pm)
Algeria v Togo (6pm)
Wednesday January 30 – Rustenburg
Ivory Coast v Algeria (5pm)
Wednesday January 30 – Nelspruit
Togo v Tunisia (5pm)