Soccer

Bafana v Cape Verde in opener

2012-10-24 22:17
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund (Gallo Images)

Durban - Hosts South Africa will face Cape Verde in the opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg.

Bafana Bafana, one of four seeded teams, were included in Group A with 2010 hosts Angola, 1976 champions Morocco, and Cape Verde, a small island nation off the west coast of Africa, in the final draw made here on Wednesday night.

West African giants Ghana were drawn alongside Mali, Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo in Group B.

Title holders Zambia will face Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in Group C.

Ivory Coast, seeded in Group D, are up against Tunisia, Algeria and Togo.

The three-week tournament, starting on January 19, will be played at five stadiums - FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Libya originally won the hosting rights, but the tournament was moved to South Africa due to political unrest in the north African country.

South Africa hosted the tournament once before, in 1996, when Bafana Bafana defeated Tunisia 2-0 in the final to lift their only African Cup of Nations title.

The draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations:

Group A: South Africa, Angola, Morocco, Cape Verde

Group B: Ghana, Mali, Niger, DR Congo

Group C: Zambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia

Group D: Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria, Togo

Fixtures for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa:

Group A (Durban unless stated)

Jan 19

Johannesburg
South Africa v Cape Verde, Angola v Morocco

Jan 23

South Africa v Angola, Morocco v Cape Verde

Jan 27

South Africa v Morocco

Port Elizabeth
Cape Verde v Angola 1700

Group B (Port Elizabeth unless stated)

Jan 20

Ghana v DR Congo, Mali v Niger

Jan 24
Ghana v Mali, Niger v DR Congo

Jan 28

Ghana v Niger

Durban
DR Congo v Mali

Group C (Nelspruit unless stated)

Jan 21

Zambia v Ethiopia, Nigeria v Burkina Faso

Jan 25

Zambia v Nigeria, Burkina Faso v Ethiopia

Jan 29

Zambia v Burkina Faso

Rustenburg
Ethiopia v Nigeria 1700

Group D (Rustenburg unless stated)

Jan 22

Ivory Coast v Togo, Tunisia v Algeria

Jan 26

Ivory Coast v Tunisia, Algeria v Togo

Jan 30

Ivory Coast v Algeria

At Nelspruit
Togo v Tunisia

Quarter-finals

Feb 2

Port Elizabeth
(1) Gp B winners v Gp A runners-up

Durban
(2) Gp A winners v Gp B runners-up

Feb 3

Rustenburg
(3) Gp D winners v Gp C runners-up

Nelspruit
(4) Gp C winners v Gp D runners-up

Semi-finals

Feb 6

Durban
Winners quarter-final 2 v winners quarter-final 3

Nelspruit
Winners quarter-final 4 v winners quarter-final 1

Third place

Feb 9

Port Elizabeth

Semi-finals losers

Final

Feb 10

Johannesburg

Semi-finals winners

Match venues:

Johannesburg: FNB Stadium (94 000 capacity)
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium (54 000)
Nelspruit: Mbombela Stadium (41 000)
Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (48 500)
Rustenburg: Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace (42 000)

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