Africa's Football Extravaganza Begins


The 2013 African Cup of Nations finals get under way in Johannesburg at the weekend, and AllAfrica's coverage will again feature previews, match reports and post-match analyses from the vast knowledge and experience of African football of writers Mark Gleeson and Nick Said of Mzansi Football, together with the home-country coverage of our news partners across the continent.We'll also bring you photos again from BackpagePix.

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South African soccer fans.

  • Nigeria:  Afcon 2013 - Jonathan Asks Super Eagles to Deliver

    This Day, 17 January 2013

    Members of the senior national soccer team, the Super Eagles have been charged to improve on their performance during the 2013 African Cup of Nations which kicks off in South ... read more »

  • Cape Verde:  Cape Verde Can Cause Problems - Mendes

    New Era, 17 January 2013

    RYAN Mendes, who is in his first season with former French champions Lille, believes Cape Verde can make more of an impact than most observers believe is possible at the Africa Cup ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  SADC Ready to Defend Afcon Trophy

    Southern African News Features, 17 January 2013

    Four Southern African countries will raise the regional profile at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be hosted by South Africa. read more »

  • South Africa:  'Bafana Are Improving' - Igesund

    Africa Top Sports, 17 January 2013

    Bafana Bafana have no momentum heading into the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, but coach Gordon Igesund is convinced his side is improving. read more »

  • South Africa:  Traffic Alert for the Afcon Tournament!

    South African Government, 16 January 2013

    All roads leading to the National Stadium (Soccer City) will not be accessible to motorists without a valid Vehicle Pass. Gauteng Sports Arts Culture & Recreation MEC Lebogang ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Bafana Bafana Encouraged By President Zuma Visit

    Confederation of African Football, 16 January 2013

    The AFCON fever has hit South Africa and with the opening match coming up this Saturday the country is awash with expectation and the teams are jetting in for Africa's greatest ... read more »

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  • Zambia:  Chipolopolo to Be Accompanied By Police Officers

    Africa Top Sports, 16 January 2013

    The Chipolopolo, Chapions of the 2012 Afcon have sought to get enough security for their team this time around when going for the African Tournament (Afcon) which comes up on the ... read more »

  • Cote d'Ivoire:  Kolo Touré - 'Ivory Coast Have Serious Problems'

    Africa Top Sports, 16 January 2013

    Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure believes that his side have to overcome "serious problems" to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Keshi - Eagles Are Ready for Nations Cup Action

    Daily Trust, 16 January 2013

    Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is confident his youngsters are prepared for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which begins in South Africa this weekend. read more »

  • South Africa:  North West Health Ready for Afcon 2013

    SAnews.gov.za, 16 January 2013

    The North West Department of Health has activated its Africa Cup of Nation 2013 plans to ensure "a clean bill of health" during the tournament which kicks off on Saturday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Zuma Wishes Bafana Well Ahead of Afcon

    SAnews.gov.za, 15 January 2013

    President Jacob Zuma today wished Bafana Bafana well ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament that is being hosted by South Africa. read more »

  • Zambia:  Sata's Goodwill Message to Chipolopolo

    Zambia Reports, 15 January 2013

    President Michael Chilufya Sata has sent a message of goodwill to the Zambia national soccer team ahead of the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations finals, which kick off in ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Eagles Trounce Farense 5-0, Depart for Afcon

    Vanguard, 15 January 2013

    The Super Eagles ended their training camp in Faro, Portugal in style on Tuesday when they trounce, Portuguese second division side, Farense 5-0, in a game described by Head Coach ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Super Eagles Hunt for Glory

    Africa Top Sports, 15 January 2013

    African Nations Cup that kicks off in South Africa on January 19, and teams are perfecting their plans to Hunt for Glory, a presentation from Hotspots who runs a countdown on the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Free Transport for Scores of Fans for Orange Afcon South Africa 2013 Tournament

    Confederation of African Football, 15 January 2013

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has concluded a milestone Public Transport agreement for fans with CAF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 29th ... read more »

  • Cote d'Ivoire/South Africa:  Drogba - 'Côte d'Ivoire Capable of Greatness'

    Africa Top Sports, 15 January 2013

    Didier Drogba hopes to finally lead Cote d'Ivoire to a second Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa after two close misses. read more »

  • South Africa:  Bafana 'Will Surprise Us' - Masinga

    SouthAfrica.info, 15 January 2013

    Bafana Bafana will silence their critics with a win in their opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) against tournament debutants Cape Verde on Saturday, says ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Free Train Transport for Afcon Fans

    SouthAfrica.info, 15 January 2013

    Football fans with valid tickets for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) matches in Johannesburg and Durban will be able to get free train transport from surrounding areas to the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Zuma Wishes Bafana Well for Afcon

    SouthAfrica.info, 15 January 2013

    President Jacob Zuma visited Bafana Bafana at their training base at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Tuesday to wish them well ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). read more »

  • South Africa:  President Zuma Visits Bafana Bafana

    South African Football Association, 15 January 2013

    Bafana Bafana had a special visitor in President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, 15 January 2013 at Orlando Stadium ahead of the start of the 29th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Tight Traffic Control for the Afcon Tournament

    SAnews.gov.za, 15 January 2013

    The Gauteng Provincial Government will be enforcing a tight traffic management plan during the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament to ease road congestion around ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Bafana in High Spirits Ahead of Afcon

    SAnews.gov.za, 15 January 2013

    Bafana Bafana players are in high spirits ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament which starts on Saturday with an opening match between the home team and Cape ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  'Miracles Should Not Be Expected From the Eagles' - Taribo West

    Africa Top Sports, 15 January 2013

    Former Super Eagles players have expressed different opinions on the national team's 23-man list released by Coach Stephen Keshi on Wednesday for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations ... read more »

  • Zambia:  Counterfeit Shirts for the Zambians Chipolopolo

    Africa Top Sports, 15 January 2013

    The Football Association of Zambia would want to do away with the replicas of the National Football shirt. FAZ communications officer Erick Mwanza said people found trading or ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Keshi Says Eagles Are Ready

    Leadership, 16 January 2013

    Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is confident his squad are prepared for the Nations Cup as they played their final tune-up game yesterday. read more »

  • South Africa:  LOC Gets Thumbs Up, Mbebe Sidesteps Ticket Concerns

    South African Press Association, 14 January 2013

    While criticism continues to cloud the organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given the tournament a stamp of approval, ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Bafana Start Final Preparations

    South African Football Association, 14 January 2013

    Bafana Bafana returned to training on Monday morning (14 January 2013) after enjoying a much-needed day off on Sunday (13 January) following their international friendly match ... read more »

  • Zambia:  Chipolopolo Off to Afcon 'Battlefield'

    The Times of Zambia, 14 January 2013

    AFTER weeks of intensive preparations, champions Zambia yesterday finally set off for their Orange 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final base in Nelspruit, South Africa, with ... read more »

  • Angola:  National Team Ready for Competition - Coach

    Angola Press Agency, 14 January 2013

    The coach of Angola's national team of football, Gustavo Ferrin, said he has the squad built for the kick-start of the Orange African Cup of Nation (AFCON). read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nations Cup - It's Trophy or Nothing, NFF Gives Keshi Condition

    Vanguard, 14 January 2013

    The Super Eagles continued their build up for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with a well-deserved 1-0 win over Dutch club, FC Rotterdam on Saturday. Coming a few days after an ... read more »

  • Africa:  2013 Nations Cup Interest Soars as D-Day Approaches

    Cameroon Tribune, 13 January 2013

    Excitement builds up as the count down to the kick off of the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations due to take place in South Africa draws nigh. The various delegations are ... read more »

  • Namibia/Morocco:  Morocco Beats Namibia 2-1 in Nations Cup Warm-Up, Coach Looks Ahead to Angola Jan. 19

    Moroccan American Center for Policy, 13 January 2013

    The Atlas Lions from Morocco found the net twice at Rand stadium in South Africa today, scoring a well-played 2-1 victory over Namibia in another warm-up match before the 2013 ... read more »

  • Zambia:  Afcon Update - Zambia, Norway Draw

    Zambia Reports, 13 January 2013

    African champions Zambia wound up their preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with a goalless draw against Norway at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. read more »

  • South Africa:  Excitement Builds Up As Orange Afcon 2013 Tickets Fast Selling Out

    Confederation of African Football, 13 January 2013

    The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013 is only 6 days away and public interest has soared leading to a total sell-out of Category 1 and Category 2 tickets ... read more »

  • South Africa/Algeria:  Bafana and Algeria Draw

    South African Football Association, 13 January 2013

    South Africa and Algeria played to a goalless draw at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 12 January 2013. read more »

  • Nigeria:  'We'll Be Lucky to Get to South Africa 2013 Final'

    This Day, 12 January 2013

    Waidi Akanni was part of the 1985 Flying Eagles team that won fame at the U-20 football tournament held in Moscow after a stunning performance that earned it a third place victory. ... read more »

  • Zambia:  Police Join Soccer Squad

    The Times of Zambia, 12 January 2013

    TO ensure maximum security for the Chipolopolo at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) will attach two police officers ... read more »

  • Togo:  Adebayor Says'No' to Togo

    Africa Top Sports, 11 January 2013

    According to the newspaper lequipe this morning, Emmanuel Adebayor will not ultimately go to Afcon. read more »

  • Nigeria:  'Nigeria Used Juju in the Past' - Ladipo

    Africa Top Sports, 11 January 2013

    Speaking on Lagos Television (LTV) on Tuesday ,the President General of the Nigerian football Supporters' Club, Rafiu Ladipo admitted that for many years Nigerian Football Team ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Official Anthem Ready

    Africa Top Sports, 11 January 2013

    An official sponsor of the Orange Afcon 2013 has launched an official Anthem called the "Samsung Football Anthem" for the African tournament, which was produced by Michael Collins ... read more »

  • South Africa:  'All Systems Go' for Afcon 2013

    SouthAfrica.info, 11 January 2013

    South Africa is ready to host a successful 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the local organising committee (LOC) assured the continent on Friday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Nation All Set for Afcon

    SAnews.gov.za, 11 January 2013

    The Local Organising Committee (LOC), which has been working tirelessly preparing for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, has assured the continent that South Africa is ready to host ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Teams Arrive Ahead of Afcon

    SAnews.gov.za, 11 January 2013

    As the teams which will be participating in the Africa Cup of Nations begin arriving in South Africa, government has extended a warm welcome to players and urged South Africans to ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Joburg's Transport Plans for Afcon in Place

    SAnews.gov.za, 10 January 2013

    The City of Johannesburg says it is ready to provide a safe, reliable and efficient public transport system for the matches of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) it will host. read more »

  • South Africa:  Gauteng 'Ready for Afcon Spectacle'

    SouthAfrica.info, 10 January 2013

    With just over a week left before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) kicks off, the Gauteng provincial government is pulling out all the stops to ensure the tournament is a ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Bafana Bafana Join 10-Day Countdown Celebrations

    South African Football Association, 9 January 2013

    Bafana Bafana joined hundreds of South Africans who gathered at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg to mark the 10-day countdown to the start of the Orange Africa ... read more »

  • Africa:  Zambia to Defend Title With a More Powerful Squad

    Confederation of African Football, 10 January 2013

    Zambia will parade an even stronger squad than last year when they defend the Africa Cup of Nations title won against massive odds in Gabon. In come defender Emmanuel Mbola, ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Final Countdown to Afcon Begins

    SAnews.gov.za, 9 January 2013

    Anticipation ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has reached fever pitch. read more »

  • Angola:  Official Envisages Final for National Team

    Angola Press Agency, 9 January 2013

    The governor of the southern Huila province, João Marcelino Tyipinge has expressed optimism about the participation of national team in Africa Cup of Nations (CAN2013), from ... read more »

  • Angola:  Coach Assures Players' Readiness for Afcon2013 Operation

    Angola Press Agency, 9 January 2013

    The coach of the Angolan national senior males football team, the Uruguayan Gustavo Ferrin, on Tuesday in Johannesburg assured that his 23 players are ready for the Africa Cup of ... read more »

  • Africa:  'White Wizard' Hopes DR Congo Can Produce Magic

    Confederation of African Football, 9 January 2013

    Democratic Republic of Congo are widely regarded as the most dangerous of the lowest seeds going into the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. The reasons include a proud record in the ... read more »

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