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Africa Cup of Nations Kicks Off

By January 21, 2013

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South Africa Fans in AFCON Opening Match, January, 2013The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Johannesburg over the weekend. The first two matches were played at Soccer City stadium, the venue for the final at the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Unfortunately both of the matches played on Saturday, ended in a scoreless draw. Luckily there are many more to go! A scoreless draw for Cape Verde fans was not bad considering they were playing South Africa's Bafana Bafana in a crowded stadium buzzing with vuvuzelas.

The second match of the opening day saw Morocco versus Angola, which was also a bit of a snoozer. But the tournament quickly turned into the exciting one on Sunday, with a dazzling comeback from the DRC who managed a 2-2 draw against Ghana. The DRC scored 2 goals from penalties to deny the Black Stars (a firm favorite to win the tournament) a victory. The second match on Sunday saw Mali snatch a victory from Niger to win 1-0, with just six minutes left on the clock.

Today, two more matches were played, this time in Port Elizabeth. The first match drew Ethiopia against Zambia. The Ethiopian fans were out in force, this was Ethiopia's first Africa Cup of Nations in three decades and they were up against the Cup's current champions. Unfortunately, Ethiopian goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was the first man to be sent-off in the tournament, he got a red card while lying in a stretcher after a wild defensive move. Despite being a man down and missing a penalty, the Ethiopian Walya Antelopes kept Zambia's Copper Bullets from winning, by taking them to a 1-1 draw.

Burkina faso denied Nigeria a win, with another late scoring goal to draw 1-1. It's been a great start to the tournament, can't wait to see what happens in the next week. Stay tuned for more and check out the latest scores and more about: The 2103 Africa Cup of Nations...

South Africa Fans in Opening Match against Cape Verde -- Gallo Images

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