South Africa: Afcon 2013 Trophy Tour Moves to Mbombela

The Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 Trophy will be in Mbombela this weekend as it makes the final stop on its tour in which Standard Bank and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have given fans the opportunity to see and be photographed with the coveted prize.

The Trophy has traveled the length and breadth of South Africa after previous stops in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Soweto, where thousands turned out to get close to the biggest prize in African football. The Trophy will also travel to Swakopmund in Namibia and Kitwe in Zambia, and its last stop in the tour calendar will be Luanda in Angola.

The South African leg of the Standard Bank Trophy Tour will officially end at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit on Saturday, 8 December (11:00-15:00).

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.

"We have had a great time on this tour and it has been wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of people ahead of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013. Bafana Bafana will get a big lift from having the entire nation behind them and looking how people have come out to show their support for the event," Baloyi says.

A double-header on the opening day of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 on Saturday, January 19 will see South Africa take on debutantes Cape Verde Islands, and later Angola will meet Morocco.

The tournament will then be played at the other four centres, including the magnificent Mbombela Stadium, which will host the Group C pool that includes African champions Zambia, along with Nigeria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

"The stadium in Mbombela must be one of the most unique in world football with its zebra seats and giraffe struts, but it is also a fantastic stadium to watch the game. It is a bit like an old English football ground with high stands that are very close to the pitch. As a fan you really feel part of the action and there will be some great games in Mbombela for supporters to enjoy," Tovey says.

Standard Bank is the Official Banking Sponsor of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 and the Trophy Tour is a successfully established initiative with CAF 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.

"The tournament is 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.

About Standard Bank's sponsorship of CAF competitions:

Standard Bank signed as the Official Banking Sponsor to the major competitions of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in December 2008, confirming its commitment to African football.

The decision to sponsor CAF Competitions was driven by Standard Bank's growing presence as a leading African bank, with a heritage that stretches back 150 years.

The Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 Trophy will be in Mbombela this weekend as it makes the final stop on its tour in which Standard Bank and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have given fans the opportunity to see and be photographed with the coveted prize.

The Trophy has traveled the length and breadth of South Africa after previous stops in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Soweto, where thousands turned out to get close to the biggest prize in African football. The Trophy will also travel to Swakopmund in Namibia and Kitwe in Zambia, and its last stop in the tour calendar will be Luanda in Angola.

The South African leg of the Standard Bank Trophy Tour will officially end at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit on Saturday, 8 December (11:00-15:00).

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.

"We have had a great time on this tour and it has been wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of people ahead of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013. Bafana Bafana will get a big lift from having the entire nation behind them and looking how people have come out to show their support for the event," Baloyi says.

A double-header on the opening day of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 on Saturday, January 19 will see South Africa take on debutantes Cape Verde Islands, and later Angola will meet Morocco.

The tournament will then be played at the other four centres, including the magnificent Mbombela Stadium, which will host the Group C pool that includes African champions Zambia, along with Nigeria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

"The stadium in Mbombela must be one of the most unique in world football with its zebra seats and giraffe struts, but it is also a fantastic stadium to watch the game. It is a bit like an old English football ground with high stands that are very close to the pitch. As a fan you really feel part of the action and there will be some great games in Mbombela for supporters to enjoy," Tovey says.

Standard Bank is the Official Banking Sponsor of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, SOUTH AFRICA 2013 and the Trophy Tour is a successfully established initiative with CAF 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.

"The tournament is 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.

About Standard Bank's sponsorship of CAF competitions:

Standard Bank signed as the Official Banking Sponsor to the major competitions of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in December 2008, confirming its commitment to African football.

The decision to sponsor CAF Competitions was driven by Standard Bank's growing presence as a leading African bank, with a heritage that stretches back 150 years.

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