The Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 Trophy will be in Soweto this Saturday, 24 November 2012 as Standard Bank and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) continue to afford fans the opportunity to see and be photographed with the coveted prize.
The final of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 will be played at the magnificent Soccer City stadium on 10 February 2013, after which the winning captain will hold the Trophy triumphantly aloft into the Soweto sky.
But before then, football fans will be able to see the biggest prize in African football for themselves at the Jabulani Mall in Soweto this Saturday, 24 November from 11:00 until 15:00.
Accompanying the Trophy will be Bafana Bafana legends Neil Tovey and Brian Baloyi, who will be on hand to chat to supporters and relay their stories of having played in the continental showpiece.
It follows highly successful tour stops in Durban last month and in Port Elizabeth this past weekend when hundreds of supporters turned out to be seen with the Trophy.
"I really enjoyed it in Port Elizabeth, to witness so many people come out to see the Trophy was amazing. You could really feel the buzz of excitement about the upcoming Orange Africa Cup of Nations and Standard Bank should be congratulated for staging this tour to help get people excited about the event," Baloyi says.
Soccer City will host a double-header on the opening day of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 on Saturday, January 19 as South Africa take on debutantes Cape Verde Islands, and later Angola meet Morocco.
The competition will then be played a tour other stadiums before returning to Soccer City for the final on Sunday, February 10, where a new champion of Africa will be crowned.
"Soccer City is known as the National Stadium of South Africa and it is a fitting place to open and close the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013. The old Soccer City stadium was a great venue and has special memories for me and all South Africans as it is where we won the competition in 1996. But this new venue is truly magnificent and it is a chance for new memories to be created, hopefully with the South African captain holding the Trophy aloft once more," Tovey says.
"It will be crucial for South Africa that they get off to a good start against Cape Verde Islands and if they do then there is every chance that we will see them again at Soccer City on 10 February. I am sure the stadium will be packed for the opening games and that will create a special atmosphere and give the players the boost they need to perform," Baloyi adds.
The final stop of the Trophy Tour will be at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit on Saturday, 8 December (11:00-15:00).
Standard Bank is the Official Banking Partner of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA2013 and the Trophy Tour is a successfully established initiative by CAF and the bank to present "Africa's Cup" to fans in the run-up to the event. The 2008 tournament in Ghana and the 2010 event in Angola were also supported by Standard Bank Trophy Tours.
"We are delighted to have the trophy back in Mzansi after hosting successful Standard Bank Trophy Tours in the country ahead of previous Orange Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. The fact that this time it will stay here until the final of the 2013 event on February 10 makes it extra special.
"The Africa Cup of Nations is a tournament steeped in history and over the past 55 years of competition we have seen some memorable tournaments. This Standard Bank Trophy Tour is the start of what we hope will be another great memory for the continent and further proof of South Africa's tremendous ability to host major international competitions," says Jenny Pheiffer, Head of Brand and Sponsorships, Standard Bank. "We see this as a major opportunity to connect with our customers, football fans and our employees through our shared passion for Africa and African football. It will allow them an opportunity to become part of the South Africa 2013 tournament and share their love for the game," she added.