20 January 2013

South Africa: Bafana Bafana's Group A Still Undecided

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Anele Ngcongca of South Africa, left, tangles with Heldon of Cape Verde during opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Pretoria — Football fans are already anticipating what will unfold in the remaining Group A matches of the 2013 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon).

This group is still very much undecided after all the four teams played to a goalless draw in their first match of the tournament played at the National stadium (FNB) outside Soweto on Saturday.

In the first match, the host, Bafana Bafana drew blank in front of their unwavering home supporters to tournament debutants Cape Verde.

The second match also saw the North Africans, Morocco and Angola playing to a goalless draw.

Bafana do not have an easy task ahead as their next opponents, Angola are set to pose a real challenge. There is also Morocco who are also a very strong opposition.

Bafana will play against Angola on January 23 before they play their last group stage match against Morocco on January 27 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

When South Africa hosted the 1996 Afcon tournament, the national team rose to the occasion, topping its group after beating Cameroon 3-0 and Angola 1-0 before losing 1-0 to Egypt.

In today's Afcon fixture, the black stars of Ghana will lock horns against DR Congo at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth at 5pm.

The second Group B match will be an encounter between Mali and Niger at the same venue at 8pm.

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