Bafana v Cape Verde in opener

2012-10-24 22:17

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

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

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

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


Feb 2

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

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

Feb 3

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

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


Feb 6

Winners quarter-final 2 v winners quarter-final 3

Winners quarter-final 4 v winners quarter-final 1

Third place

Feb 9

Port Elizabeth

Semi-finals losers


Feb 10


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)


  • tebogo.lekwape.9 - 2012-10-24 22:24

    Ooooh, Bafana Bafana please make us proud. God gave us a chance, lets make use of it. Qualify to the knockout stage boyz.

      boitumelo.tauetsile - 2012-10-24 22:32

      I hope every/any player who would be part of the Squad has heared Lucas Radebe's remark he had said it in a handsful, so Mzanzi is behind you Guys good luck nd all the best.

  • hendrick.selolo - 2012-10-24 22:44

    Good draw for team RSA, they should easily advance to the next stage of the tournament. In Gordon Igesund i trust.

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-24 23:00

    Great draw. Cape verde with a population as big as joburg wont handle playing infront of 93 000 vuvuzelas. Angola

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-24 23:12

    All I saw was Zuma holding the letters upside down!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-10-25 10:57

      And he looked chuffed with himself...

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-24 23:25

    I'll take on a wait-and-see aproach and see who's going down.

  • sikhumbule.luwaca - 2012-10-25 04:04

    Lets hope that the boys will makes us proud this time round under igusend atleast they can maybe gets to the semis

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2012-10-25 05:26

    After the disappointment of 2010 i have no hope for BB. Everyone was behind them and SA was united and what did we get in return?

  • thunyiwe - 2012-10-25 06:21

    No wonder a lot of people are happy that team S.A drew along side Cape Verde, it shows that we cant play soccer, we would rather be teamed against weak teams than the giants. It remains to be seen, maybe some good will come of it. Proudly South African, but definitely not Bafana

  • StanSenamo - 2012-10-25 07:03

    There is something that people turn to overlook here. Though Bafana Bafana (BB) are drawn against Cape Verde, that doesn't guarantee us a walk-on-park. Cape Verde is ranked 10 by CAF and we are 19. That on its own tells that our approach of the game must be very circumspect and let's manage this hype to avoid disappointments. Also, they have competitive advantage over BB given that they have seen lots of game videos of BB unlike the other way round.

  • jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-10-25 07:09

    "Bafana" is such a stupid flippin name!!!Can someone please change it!!!

  • joko.makhoba - 2012-10-25 07:22

    i forsee a draw against cape verde, another draw with angola and ass whopping from morroco.

  • jacoists - 2012-10-25 07:23

    This is a joke. South Africa was once again allowed to take part in the championship just because they host it and a qualifying country must sit back.\r\nIs this the only way that Bafana can ensure its place?\r\nAnd worst, how can they take part in the opening game. Cape Verde is a quality team and deserves real opposition in its opening game.

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2012-10-25 07:39


  • kagiso.k.seleka - 2012-10-25 07:43

    Cape Verde beat Cameroon recently. Not an easy draw, but all the best to Bafana.

  • itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-10-25 07:53

    It's a good draw for us, we can go far on the tournament.

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-25 10:51

    I wish I was a soccer fan - I would watch all of these games @ the ground, but if sponsored to do so I can be the proud man ever watched the game @ the stadium.

  • lebogang.ngoato.5 - 2012-10-25 16:35

    Does anyone know what is the website where we can buy afcon tickets ??? i checked safa, caf website there is NOTHING no link nothing !!!! please someone help !!

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