Africa Cup of Nations day one as it happened

South Africa's game with Cape Verde and Angola's match against Morocco both end up goalless on the opening day of the 2013 Cup of Nations.

22 January 2013 Last updated at 17:07 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 2130: 

    We might not have seen any goals today but the glorious nature of tournament football means that you only have to wait until the next day to (hopefully) see a flood of them.

    The action begins at 1500 GMT on Sunday as the hotly-tipped Ghanaians begin their campaign against DR Congo. The 1800 GMT fixture see ex-Barcelona star Seydou Keita's Mali - whose opening match two years ago brought eight goals - face Niger.

    My colleague Saj Cowdhury will be the man bringing you the updates as the shots start flying in!

  2. 2120: 

    Ndjalb on Twitter: "One day down. Nothing exciting. I hope for better games tomorrow."

  3. 2114: 

    Takura Taaziva on Twitter: "Immense pressure is on the hosts now."

  4. 2112: 

    There was no such signs of encouragement in the earlier game as hosts South Africa fell to a listless scoreless draw with Cape Verde. Head coach Gordon Igesund accused his players of losing their nerve.

    "Not too many of my players came to the party in the first half, which was a total waste of time," he said. "We weren't much better in the second."

  5. 2108: 

    That was a really strange performance from Morocco. Wingers Nordin Amrabat and Oussama Assaidi looked deadly in the opening stages but the Atlas Lions seemed to lose all incision as the game went on.

    That loss of direction will concern coach Rachid Taoussi I am sure.

    Would QPR's Adel Taarabt have made a difference? The playmaker crafted a delightful assist for his club side this afternoon in the Premier League...

  6. 2103: 

    BBC Sport's Farayi Mungazi on Twitter: "By the way, this is the first time in Afcon history that the first two matches of the competition end in 0-0."

  7. 2100: 

    Msekwa Secsii Kunda on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Goal drought... Africa, where are the goals?!?"

  8. 2057: 

    A look at the statistics for that game shows that while Morocco did not find the back of the net, they committed an impressive 27 fouls against Angola.

    That is some going for a team that prides itself on possession football and skilful wingers.

  9. 2056: 

    BBC Sport's Farayi Mungazi on Twitter: "Better game than the opening match, but people part with their money to see goals!"

  10. 2053: 
    FULL-TIME- Angola 0-0 Morocco

    The scoreline in both Group A games was 0-0 but the two fixtures were very different. South Africa and Cape Verde played without inspiration, but Angola and Morocco both excelled in patches.

  11. 2051: 

    BBC Love Football on Twitter: "Manucho disappoints again."

  12. 2050: 

    Angola are looking the most likely side to get a goal as the match ticks into injury time. It seems a long while ago that Morocco's wingers were cutting through their opponents at will.


    The right side proves fruitful for Angola again and Manucho dives across his team-mate Guilherme to get his head on Mateus's delightful cross. The big striker puts his effort wide, however, when he really should have done better.

  14. 2046: 

    AzDeanOu on Twitter: "Dangerous times for both teams!! Whoever scores wins it. Come on Morocco!"

  15. 2044: 

    Guilherme is inches away from getting his head on a looped cross from the Angolan right-back but Manucho then belies his status as a lethal Nations Cup centre forward with a wild follow-up.

  16. 2043: 

    Both teams make a change as the game comes inside the final 10 minutes. Angola bring on Geraldo for Gilberto while Morocco swap Karim El Ahmadi for Chakhir Belghazouani.

  17. 2041: 

    West Brom and DR Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu on Twitter: "Good luck to all the African teams. I wish you the best and let's see who is the best team 2013..."

  18. 2038: 

    Younes Belhanda has only been on the pitch for a few minutes but he has managed to get into the referee's notebook after a tug-back on Angola's Pirolito.

  19. 2034: 

    Manucho has proved to be one of Africa's top strikers with eight goals in his Nations Cup appearances, but the supply line to him against Morocco has lacked accuracy.

  20. 2031: 

    Mounir El Hamdaoui has put in a great shift upfront without reward for Morocco and makes way for Youssef El Arabi in a like-for-like change.

  21. 2028: 

    Morocco substitute Younes Belhanda steps inside one Angola defender, skips inside another, steadies himself... But just pulls his shot marginally wide of the post.

  22. 2026: 

    Pethias Chabala on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I hope Angola wins so that southern Africa can have many representatives in the knockout stages."

  23. 2024: 

    This could be exactly what this match needs. Montpellier's thrilling playmaker Younes Belhanda comes on for Abdelaziz Barrada.

    The 22-year-old has bags of ability but has been struggling with an injury. He scored 12 goals in his club side's Ligue 1 title triumph last season and should provide the quality that has so far been lacking in the final third for Morocco.

  24. 2021: 

    There's an Angolan fan in the crowd with a huge red and black coloured mohican blowing on a vuvuzela. Sadly, that has been the most interesting thing I have seen in the last few minutes...

  25. 2017: 

    Albert F. Ndjee on Twitter: "Things are moving... Goals are coming.... Hopefully."

  26. 2014: 

    The decision to bring Guilherme on has transformed Angola. The ex-Switzerland under-21 international's pace is unsettling Morocco and he is providing some much needed support for Manucho.

  27. 2008: 

    Guilherme nearly opens his account for Angola with just his second touch of the ball as Morocco goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri fumbles a high ball in the box. The FC Vaduz striker flicks the ball on but it lands agonisingly wide of the post.

  28. 2006: 

    Kamanga M in Botswana on text via +44 77 86 20 50 75: "It was a poor opening game, but the second at least is a bit lively. South Africa will not go beyond the group stages."

  29. 2005: 

    Mingo Bille makes way for debutant Guilherme Afonso at half-time for Angola.

  30. 2005: 
    KICK-OFF- Angola 0-0 Morocco

    Angola improved as the first half went on and finally started stopping Morocco from playing.

    Striker Manucho has proved lethal in previous editions of the tournament but his goalscoring abilities are being wasted by the supply of aimless long balls pumped up to him so far. They will need to improve their distribution in the next 45 minutes.

  31. 1959: 

    Victor Donovan on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I think it is time for all Africans to join hands together to support our football game."

  32. 1951: 
    HALF-TIME- Angola 0-0 Morocco

    The game started so promisingly for Morocco but the chances dried up as the opening half went on.

  33. 1950: 

    That must have hurt! Udinese's Mehdi Benatia is accidently kicked in the face by an Angolan and there is a little bit of blood coming off his forehead.

  34. 1946: 

    Morocco's wingers were earlier incisively slicing through the Angolan defence at will but they are just starting to get bogged down in possession in the middle rather than stretching the pitch by quickly passing the ball out wide.

    We are close to the half-time whistle and head coach Rachid Taoussi will need to use his half-time team talk well if his side are to get the goal their dominance deserves in the second half.

  35. 1942: 

    Musyoka Francis on Twitter: "Morocco playing good football, could've been unstoppable if Adel Taarabt was playing."

  36. 1940: 
    Morocco fans

    There are not many fans in the ground but Morocco's exciting wingers are providing plenty of excitement when they get on the ball.

  37. 1939: 

    That is best described as a striker's tackle by Manucho as he rashly dives in on Morocco's Adil Hermach and receives a yellow card for his sins.

  38. 1933: 

    We are 30 minutes in and Morocco's momentum is starting to slip. There have been several stoppages for niggly fouls and Angola are steadily working their way into the game.

  39. 1930: 

    BBC Sport's Farayi Mungazi on Twitter: "My money (not a lot of it) is on the Atlas Lions to win Group A and get to the semis."

  40. 1925: 

    While Morocco are threatening with their exciting dribblers, Angola look far less convincing when they break. Poor technique and a lack of numbers committed forward are halting them in their strides.

    Only looks like one winner so far, but will the Atlas Lions be punished for not scoring when they are on top?

  41. 1923: 

    Moroccan in London on text via 81111: "My boys looking good here. I was worried in Younes Belhanda's absence but Angola doesn't seem to be threatening."

  42. 1918: 

    It has been a bright opening for Morocco, all their players look comfortable on the ball. Head coach Rachid Taoussi took a brave decision to leave star players like Adel Taarabt and Marouane Chamakh back in Europe with their club sides, but his approach looks like it will be rewarded.

    They go close again as Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi jinks inside the box excellently but then blazes over after previously showing so much composure.

  43. 1915: 

    Fisayo Dairo on Twitter: "Both teams already have had attempts on target. Better composure compared to the first game. Already living up to its billing."

    Shrek Mutwol on Twitter: "Courtesy of Manucho (I am a Man Utd fan) I strongly support Angola."

  44. 1913: 

    Mounir El Hamdaoui picks up the ball and races at the Angola defence before unleashing a swerving shot that is well palmed away by goalkeeper Lama, who looks to have picked up an injury in the process.

  45. 1912: 

    Morocco look to have a number of players who are comfortable dribbling at defenders at speed. Abdelaziz Barrada and Oussama Assaidi are already looking to force the play against Angola.

    Those type of players were badly missed in the underwhelming opening fixture.

  46. 1910: 
  47. 1906: 

    That is what we are looking for as defender Mingo Bille stings Morocco keeper Nadir Lamyaghri's fingertips with a well hit low-drive. More of that please boys.

  48. 1904: 
    KICK-OFF- Angola 0-0 Morocco (1900 GMT)

    The game begins. Let's hope we see a bit more action than the opening match.

    If it's anything like Angola's opener against Mali three years ago - a 4-4 thriller - we'll do very well.

  49. 1902: 

    It is 36 years since Morocco last lifted the Africa Cup of Nations. Angola were not even playing international football then.

    The Atlas Lions will have to start their campaign without the inspirational Younes Belhanda who is yet to shake off an adductor muscle injury.

  50. 1900: 

    There is hardly anyone in the stadium as the Moroccan players stand for their anthem. We can still hear the vuvuzelas, however, once the last notes are played.

    We are very close to kick-off now.

  51. 1857: 

    The national anthem is a slow burner for Angola. Hands on hearts for a few minutes before a rousing finish.

  52. 1856: 
    LINE-UPS- Angola v Morocco (1900 GMT)

    Angola: Lama, Lunguinha, Dany Massunguna, Mingo Bile, Bastos, Miguel, Dede, Pirolito, Geraldo, Mateus, Manucho. Subs: Landu, Airosa, Fabricio, Djalma, Manucho Dias, Zuela, Gilberto, Amaro, Yano, Manuel, Neblu, Guilherme.

    Morocco: Lamyaghri, El Kaoutari, Achchakir, El Adoua, Benatia, El Ahmadi, Hermach, Barrada, Amrabat, Assaidi, El Hamdaoui. Subs: Zniti, Bergdich, Kantari, El Arabi, Belhanda, Kaddioui, Noussir, Belghazouani, Chafni, Hamdallah, Namli, Askri.

    Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)

  53. 1848: 

    Ali Al Saeed on Twitter: "Good luck to Morocco playing Angola today. First Arab team in the AFCON 2013."

  54. 1846: 

    You can read the full match report for South Africa v Cape Verde Islands now on the BBC Sport website.

  55. 1844: 

    This Sunday night from 2200 GMT will see DJ Edu kick off the Africa Cup of Music, playing tracks from the 16 countries featured in the African Cup of Nations. You decide which country should go through to the next round, by heading to the 1Xtra Facebook page or tweeting for you favourite team (i.e. #TeamSA #TeamNiger, etc.)

    This week, it's all about the group stages, with quarter finals on the 27 January, semi-finals on the 3 February and the final on the 10 February.

  56. 1841: 
  57. 1837: 

    As usual, we want to hear what you think about the Africa Cup of Nations. Who do you think are the favourites? Which team will you be supporting? Who do you think are the players to look out for? Can Morocco's talented group of players excel or will Angola stop them in their tracks?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  58. 1832: 

    Angola striker Manucho has spoken to the BBC about his team's prospects at the Africa Cup of Nations, and he has emphasised the nation's team ethic ahead of tonight's game against Morocco at 1900 GMT.

    He said: "The best thing about us is the group of players ourselves. We have a very close and humble bunch of players."

  59. 1824: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon at Soccer City on Twitter:

    "South Africa coach Gordon Igesund: The guys looked like they were panicking... The first half was a waste of 45 minutes. I've never seen the guys as nervous as they were. Now we have to go for it against Angola."

  60. 1821: 

    Morocco have endured a lack of consistency in recent years. On six of their last eight Nations Cup appearances they have failed to reach the knock-out stages with their early exit last year being a particularly embarrassing one.

    Long-serving goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri is the captain, Udinese's highly-rated centre-back Mehdi Benatia is the defensive stalwart, the mercurial Younes Belhanda the midfield conductor and the strike force includes Liverpool fringe player Oussama Assaidi.

  61. 1817: 

    Angola have been set an ambitious target of a top-three finish at the Africa Cup of Nations by Uruguay-born head coach Gustavo Ferrin. The nation missed out on the last eight place on goal difference to shock quarter-finalists Sudan last year.

    A number of veterans exited the scene after the 2012 finals, such as defender Kali and forwards Flavio and Love, but Manucho and Kasimpasa loanee Djalma Campos will be a threat for a squad which is dominated by Angola-based players.

  62. 1807: 

    For Angola, ex-Manchester United striker Manucho has scored eight times in his previous Africa Cup of Nations performances and he could be joined up front by former Switzerland Under-21 international Guilherme Afonso.

    A knee injury has robbed Morocco of midfielder Mehdi Namli for the tournament and he has been replaced by Abdelilah Hafidi. Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda is expected to be fit after a adductor muscle injury scare.

  63. 1803: 

    Alfred Alumai on Twitter: "The game between South Africa and Cape Verde was dull and devoid of quality. Is that a sign of more to come from the tournament?"

    Less of that negativity Alfred. Things can only get better, glass half full and what not...

  64. 1800: 

    Want to hear a really unsurprising fact? South Africa have not won a match at the Nations Cup since 2004.

    They failed to win on their last two appearances at the tournament in 2006 and 2008. Judging by that display, I have a horrible feeling that run could be extended further.

  65. 1759: 

    Angola and Morocco are in action next in Group A and I have got a feeling the two sides will serve up a real treat at 1900 GMT.

  66. 1755: 

    BBC Sport's Farayi Mungazi on Twitter: "A dull start to Afcon 2013 but surely things can only get better?"

  67. 1753: 
    FULL-TIME- South Africa 0-0 Cape Verde Islands

    It was so comfortable for Cape Verde. Coach Lucio Antunes could not have predicted how easy it turned out to be against the underwhelming hosts. South Africa need to step it up in their remaining games.

  68. 1751: 

    South Africa coach Gordon Igesund paces up and down his technical area as the match ticks into injury time with his head hanged low. I imagine he is in for a painful press conference judging by this sloppy performance...

  69. 1748: 

    Jamie Wiliams on Twitter: "Cape Verde just brought on David Silva, not a bad player to bring on, already scored two for Manchester City today, maybe slightly tired though."

  70. 1746: 

    That just about sums up the appalling South African display as a terrible sliced ball across the pitch spins painfully away from Thuso Phala. We are three minutes away from injury time.

  71. 1744: 

    Midfielder Rony Souto comes on for Ryan Mendes. The Cape Verde midfielder plays his club football for the league leaders in Luxembourg.

  72. 1743: 
    South Africa's Thuso Phala

    We are into the final 10 minutes and Cape Verde are continuing to look untroubled against South Africa. Soccer City is practically silent, even the vuvuzelas are not being blown with their typical gusto.

  73. 1740: 

    Chelsea and Senegal striker Demba Ba on Twitter: "It is just half a game gone in the Africa Cup of Nations ... And I bet you already are fed up with the vuvuzelas."

  74. 1739: 

    Everton winger and former South Africa international Steven Pienaar on Twitter: "Come on boys."

    Pienaar's presence is sorely missed by his countrymen judging by this fairly abject performance...

  75. 1736: 

    David Silva (not the Spanish one, although he would inject some much needed quality into this game) comes on for Helton. There is 15 minutes left, can that change lead to a Cape Verde goal?

  76. 1734: 

    Cape Verde have had the best chances here through Helton and Platini. There has been a real lack of confidence, and dare I say quality, on show from the hosts.

  77. 1732: 

    Helton's header for Cape Verde forces South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to scramble across his goal to push the attempt away to safety.

  78. 1730: 

    Darren Olivier on Twitter: "A very lacklustre opening game, and now Tshabalala's come off. Come on SA, let's make this a good evening."

  79. 1729: 

    Striker Katlego Mphela, who has scored 23 goals in 47 appearances for South Africa, comes on for Lehlohonolo Majoro. That is all three substitutions for the hosts and coach Gordon Igesund has nowhere else to go now.

  80. 1726: 

    Marco Soares is the latest to fluff his lines from range for Cape Verde. The wind is really whipping up in Soccer City. They will need a serious helping hand from the breeze for one to go in judging by the awful quality of their shots so far.

  81. 1724: 

    An eventful game - for the wrong reasons - comes to an end for Platini as he is replaced for Cape Verde by Dijon striker Julio Tavares. The 24-year-old has scored six goals in Ligue 2 in France so far this season.

  82. 1722: 

    BBC Love Football on Twitter: "Despite the improvement in play from Bafana Bafana, Cape Verde is not backing down."

  83. 1721: 

    Ajax midfielder Thulani Serero comes on for the disappointing Siphiwe Tshabalala. The 22-year-old was a doubt for the tournament due to a groin injury. Let's see if he has truly recovered from it.

  84. 1719: 

    Platini stops South Africa Itumeleng Khune from releasing the ball and he receives a yellow card. Quite unnecessary.

  85. 1716: 

    That is better from South Africa. Lehlohonolo Majoro breaks through the Cape Verde defence and the ball eventually falls to Bernard Parker who goes down under a challenge from the strong Fernando Varela. The South African bench demands a penalty but their request is, correctly, turned down.

  86. 1715: 

    In my book Lady Gaga has a lot to answer for already, but the Soccer City pitch looks far from perfect and you can add that to her list of misdemeanours. The surface was recently re-laid after a concert from the pop superstar and there are question marks about whether the freshly installed grass can hold up.

  87. 1713: 

    We are nearly 10 minutes into the second half and the two teams are continuing to struggle to serve up any quality football. South Africa striker Bernard Parker just threatened to break through the Cape Verde defence but the excellent Fernando Varela edged across to tackle him.

  88. 1711: 

    Philip Siu on Twitter: "RE 1656 - How to win the AFCON: Play uninspired drab football against other teams who are playing worse and get massively lucky!"

  89. 1709: 

    South Africa head coach Gordon Igesund makes a change at half-time as Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi comes off for Lerato Chabangu.

  90. 1705: 
    KICK-OFF- South Africa 0-0 Cape Verde Islands

    The second-half is underway. Let's hope for a big improvement in the next 45 minutes.

  91. 1705: 
    Cape Verde"s Toni Varela (R) challenges South Africa"s Bernard Parker (L)

    Cape Verde's Toni Varela and South Africa's Bernard Parker were involved in a number of aerial battles in the first half, but chances were at a premium and it was hardly a surprise the match was goalless at the break.

  92. 1701: 
    BBC Sport's John Bennett at Soccer City on Twitter:

    "Scrappy first half in Johannesburg... Conditions not helping. Cape Verde front-three look dangerous, Ryan Mendes particularly."

  93. 1659: 

    Idi-Camara in Kumasi, Ghana on text via +44 77 86 20 50 75: "I hope South Africa win by one goal to make Nelson Mandela happy."

    Starren Wendell in Abor, Ghana on text via +44 77 86 20 50 75: "The Bafana Bafana team of 1996 is not the same as today. They've lost all the Mark Fishs and Doctor Khumalos of yesteryear. The game in South Africa has dwindled so fast."

  94. 1656: 

    I think the article on the BBC Sport website about how to win the Africa Cup of Nations might be essential half-time reading for South Africa coach Gordon Igesund judging by his team's lukewarm performance so far...

  95. 1653: 

    Anyi Okpara on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I don't think South Africa stand a chance of winning this trophy. It's such a poor team they've got."

  96. 1649: 
    HALF-TIME- South Africa 0-0 Cape Verde Islands

    The 29th Africa Cup of Nations can only improve after a poor first-half between hosts South Africa and Cape Verde. The best chance of the game fell to Cape Verde midfielder Platini, but he failed to replicate the finishing skills of namesake Michel Platini, as he poorly scuffed his shot wide.

  97. 1647: 

    South Africa right-back Anele Ngcongca goes into the book for a wild hack on Platini.

  98. 1645: 

    South Africa are continuing to pump long balls up the pitch rather than play through their midfield as the game edges towards half-time. Cape Verde centre-backs Fernando Varela and Nando are lapping them all up.

    Is a change of plan needed for South Africa head coach Gordon Igesund?

  99. 1642: 

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "South Africa don't have a goal scorer or playmaker. Don't concede many but don't score either, see a poor showing for them in the AFCON."

    Tony Touch on Twitter: "Cape Verde - very fluid in possession in midfield. South Africa playing stiff, nervous football."

    Hlayiseka Ngobeni on Twitter: "Don't understand how Thuso Phala makes it into the South Africa team. Faster than Usain Bolt but no end product. South African Gabriel Obertan."

  100. 1639: 

    I am not sure if it is the pre-match rain or the poor football on show, but the atmosphere is pretty damp at Soccer City. Siphiwe Tshabalala and Thuso Phala need to spark South Africa into life.

  101. 1636: 

    Former Blackburn and South Africa striker Benni McCarthy on Twitter: "Watching with excitement and confident that Bafana will win."

  102. 1634: 

    We are just past the 30 minutes mark and neither South Africa or Cape Verde have been able to dominate. Platini's woeful shot when through on goal earlier stands out as the game's best chance.

  103. 1630: 

    Cape Verde again hit a long distance effort high, wide and not too handsome, with Heldon guilty this time of ballooning a free-kick well over Itumeleng Khune's crossbar.

  104. 1629: 

    Cape Verde president Jorge Carlos Fonseca talked to BBC Sports World ahead of this match and sounded in confident mood.

    He said: "It's a great privilege to be here. All Cape Verdean's around the world are very proud and determined to have a good participation in South Africa.

    "We are not here just to participate. We can win more matches and get though to the next phase.

    "I am a personal friend of [Real Madrid manager] Jose Mourinho, I asked him to host our manager Lucio Antunes at Real Madrid to give him some football experiences."

  105. 1625: 

    BBC Love Football on Twitter: "Bafana Bafana is suffering from a breakdown in communication between the midfielders and strikers at the moment."

  106. 1623: 

    South Africa are struggling to supply strikers Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro. Midfielders Thuso Phala and Siphiwe Tshabalala need to get on the ball and weave some magic. The Johannesburg crowd are already sounding quite anxious.

  107. 1621: 

    Former Nigeria and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sunday Oliseh on Twitter: "Watch out for the number 20 for Cape Verde: Ryan Mendes of Lille!"

  108. 1619: 

    AJMupp8t on Twitter: "Greatly admiring Cape Verde's multi-coloured spots and stars kit. Can't say the same about the vuvuzelas."

  109. 1618: 

    Oh dear. That was a tremendous chance for Platini for Cape Verde but he pulls his shot wide when through on goal. He really should have done a lot better. Coach Lucio Antunes was not happy with that effort!

  110. 1615: 

    That could have been embarrassing for Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha after he almost spills Siphiwe Tshabalala's harmless-looking free-kick to the on-rushing South African players.

  111. 1614: 

    Ryan Mendes is the star name for Cape Verde and the Lille winger tries to add to his reputation with an optimistic long range shot that goes a long way wide. He will need to work on that.

  112. 1612: 

    Everton winger and former South Africa international Steven Pienaar on Twitter: "Thuso Phala will be the surprise of the tournament."

    Pienaar has been in stunning form for Everton this season but is watching the tournament at home after he announced his retirement in October.

  113. 1610: 

    Joe Ndambwa on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "This is the weakest South African team of all time. Cape Verde will win!"

    Oscar Zephy on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I'm supporting South Africa, but don't get me wrong - I am Zambian and will support Zambia to the finals!"

  114. 1609: 

    It is a slow start so far at Soccer City. There have been no real chances to report.

  115. 1607: 

    Matt Reed on Twitter: "What are the odds that Tshabalala opens the Africa Cup of Nations with a screamer?"

    The dreadlocked midfielder has a history of scoring stunning opening game goals. He kicked off the scoring at the 2010 World Cup against Mexico on home soil.

  116. 1603: 

    The South Africa team is decked out in their usual bright yellow shirts with green socks. Cape Verde have a touch of the Barcelonas with their red and blue mix. Let's see if they can play like Messi!

  117. 1602: 

    Referee Djamel Haimoudi blows his whistle and the 29th Africa Cup of Nations is off. Come on!

  118. 1559: 
    BBC Sport's Gary Keown at Soccer City on Twitter:

    "Players on the pitch to massive roars and great atmosphere for South Africa v Cape Verde."

  119. 1558: 
    South Africa fans

    The South Africa fans inside the stadium at Soccer City are nothing if not seriously enthusiastic. The Cup of Nations is but moments away.

  120. 1557: 

    There is a less enthusiastic performance from president Jacob Zuma but the South Africa team are giving it all they have got. Centre-back Bongani Khumalo has his eyes closed with a face full of passion.

  121. 1556: 

    I tell you what, the number 10 for Cape Verde, Heldon, sure knows how to sing a national anthem. Brilliant stuff.

  122. 1555: 

    The national anthems have begun which can only mean we are only five minutes away from the beginning of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations.

  123. 1553: 

    South Africa president Jacob Zuma has just given a few words on the pitch and the rain is continuing to come down as the two teams shake hands with the various dignitaries.

    As you could not have failed to notice if you are listening in, with the Africa Cup of Nations being played in South Africa, it is time for football fans from across the world to get reacquainted with the unmistakable noise of the vuvuzela.

    The instrument provided the soundtrack to the 2010 World Cup after supporters in the stadiums blew non-stop on the horn. This year's event is already sounding no different.

  124. 1549: 

    Going from the quotes before the game, it is fair to say the two coaches have a different approach to pre-game preparation.

    Meticulous is the word when it comes to Bafana Bafana boss Gordon Igesund: "I've got a lot of information on them and we've got a company that does all the analysis. So I've got a lot of insight about their team, about how they play. I've watched all their DVDs, individual tapes of all their players, [Guy] Ramos and [Ryan] Mendes, all these players."

    Cape Verde's Lucio Antunes seems to have a more laissez-faire method: "I don't know much about the South African team, what I know is that they will play against an organised team that plays good football. The team is well prepared mentally. We will give the host team a problem."

  125. 1546: 

    Sente7d on Twitter: "It feels great to finally witness my country, Ethiopia's, participation in Africa Cup of Nations in my generation."

  126. 1544: 

    BBC's Steve Vickers at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg: "Stadium still only half full, although all 88,000 tickets have been sold. The rain has kept people away. President Jacob Zuma is here. Besides the South Africa flags, there a few Cape Verde flags, plus some Ethiopia and DR Congo fans here too."

  127. 1542: 
    TEAM NEWS- South Africa v Cape Verde Islands (1600 GMT)

    In regards to the team selection, South Africa left striker Katlego Mphela out of their starting XI. Coach Gordon Igesund, who kept his team selection a closely guarded secret, opted for newcomer and forward Lehlohonolo Majoro to start instead. Majoro will partner Bernard Parker up front, while defender Bongani Khumalo is captain.

  128. 1539: 
    LINE-UPS- South Africa v Cape Verde Islands (1600 GMT)

    South Africa: Khune; Ngcongca, Khumalo, Sangweni, Matlaba; Dikgacoi, Letsholonyane, Phala, Tshabalala; Majoro, Parker. Subs: Sandilands, Nthethe, Gaxa, Masilela, Chabangu, Mphela, Serero, Furman, Mahlangu, Manyisa, Meyiwa, Rantie.

    Cape Verde Islands: Vozinha; Carlitos, Fernando Varela, Nando, Nivaldo; Babanco, Soares, Platini, Toni Varela; Heldon, Mendes. Subs: Fredson Tavares, Rilly, Pecks, Guy Ramos, Lima, Gege, David Silva, Rony, Stenio, Ramilton Rosarip, Julio Tavares, Djaniny.

    Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

  129. 1532: 

    This Sunday night from 2200 GMT will see DJ Edu kick off the Africa Cup of Music, playing tracks from the 16 countries featured in the African Cup of Nations. You decide which country should go through to the next round, by heading to the 1Xtra Facebook page or tweeting for you favourite team (i.e. #TeamSA #TeamNiger, etc.)

    This week, it's all about the group stages, with quarter finals on the 27 January, semi-finals on the 3 February and the final on the 10 February.

  130. 1528: 

    BBC's Steve Vickers at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg: "Teams are warming up and the noise of the vuvuzelas is rising. The stadium is not full yet. Cape Verde were booed when they came on. South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has sprung a surprise, with four changes and a 4-4-2 formation, rather than 4-5-1. Bernard Parker and Michael Majoro start up front."

  131. 1526: 

    James Ofori on Twitter: "The wait is finally over. Can't wait for the first match. Hope Ghana do it this time."

    Emmanuel Etim on Twitter: "It's good to have the AFCON back at us. Opening matches are usually hard to predict, but South Africa should get at least a draw."

  132. 1518: 

    Now then, the Cape Verde Islands. As rank outsiders go, you surely you cannot get more of a long-shot, with this set of islands off the west coast of Africa - which has never competed in an Africa Cup of Nations before - boasting a population of just 500,000.

    Easy pickings for South Africa? Well, I am sure traditional heavyweights Cameroon - a side that was boasting the considerable talents of the world's most highly paid footballer Samuel Eto'o - thought exactly the same thing before the Indomitable Lions were beaten 3-2 on aggregate in the play-offs.

    Last week in their final friendly before the tournament, the Blue Sharks also drew 0-0 with African powerhouse Nigeria.

    And, most importantly, despite South Africa going in as favourites, they are 87th in the latest Fifa rankings, while their opponents are 69th. Maybe an upset will dampen the mood of the majority of the sodden Soccer City crowd even more...

  133. 1515: 

    In the 28 previous editions of the tournament, South Africa have won it only once - back in 1996, when they were last hosts.

    The country's policy of Apartheid meant the team did not compete in the competition for 30 years, until their readmission in 1991.

    Aside from hosting and winning Africa Cup of Nations, Bafana Bafana also hosted the 2010 World Cup.

    The bookies have them as odds-on favourite to defeat Cape Verde Islands, so I guess I'll put my mortgage on a home win. Not so fast Monaghan, here's some info on western Africa side that might make you want to hold on to your pennies...

  134. 1510: 

    BBCLoveFootball on Twitter: "Cape Verde players are currently warming up."

  135. 1507: 

    As you would expect, the BBC will be covering the tournament on radio, TV, online and mobile from start to finish.

    BBC World Service will bring commentary on all the key matches, with regular updates from the tournament being broadcast by BBC World News as well as the BBC's TV programmes for Africa. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

    Lee James will present the weekly Sportsworld live from South Africa throughout the tournament. All the latest news will also be covered on the African Football section of the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Africa's social-media teams will be engaging with reporters, fans and footballers via #BBCAFCON (Twitter page @bbclovefootball), a new LoveAfricanFootball Facebook page as well as the Google+ community page Love African Football.

  136. 1503: 

    Kenn Nayebare on Twitter: "Colourful opening ceremony in Soccer City, Jo'burg! Proud to be African!"

  137. 1459: 
    An Angolan fan

    The crowd was sparse but the rain heavy during the opening ceremony for the tournament.

  138. 1454: 

    As usual, we want to hear what you think about the Africa Cup of Nations. Who do you think are the favourites? Which team will you be supporting? Who do you think are the players to look out for? Will South Africa excel as hosts today, or will Cape Verde spring an upset?

    Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon, by text on 81111 (UK users only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international) and on Facebook by using the new African Football BBC page.

  139. 1451: 

    So for the uninitiated of us out there, the Africa Cup of Nations features 16 of the continent's finest international sides.

    Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg are the host cities in South Africa for the event which is being played 12 months after the previous finals because of a change in the event's timing from even to odd years.

    The teams are split into four groups containing four countries, of which two teams from each pool qualify through to the quarter-finals. The tournament then concludes on 10 February with the final.

    For the fifth tournament in a row, Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast are the favourites, but Zambia's win in 2012 proves anyone can take the title.

  140. 1447: 

    Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius on Twitter: "On my way to Soccer City in Jozi for the opening game of AFCON 2013! Honoured to be carrying the South African flag onto the field!"

  141. 1445: 

    Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

    In time-old tradition, the hosts, South Africa, get the tournament under way. They face debutants Cape Verde Islands at a soaking wet Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, better known as Soccer City, at 1600 GMT.

    The Group A action then continues as Angola face Morocco at 1900 GMT.

    As always we have the opening ceremony to contend with first, where we can expect an appearance from a world famous athlete...

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Africa Cup of Nations

Group A

Africa Cup of Nations Group A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Congo 3 2 7
No movement 2 Equatorial Guinea 3 2 5
No movement 3 Gabon 3 -1 3
No movement 4 Burkina Faso 3 -3 1

Group B

Africa Cup of Nations Group B summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Tunisia 3 1 5
No movement 2 Congo DR 3 0 3
No movement 3 Cape Verde Islands 3 0 3
No movement 4 Zambia 3 -1 2

Group C

Africa Cup of Nations Group C summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Ghana 3 1 6
No movement 2 Algeria 3 3 6
No movement 3 Senegal 3 -1 4
No movement 4 South Africa 3 -3 1

Group D

Africa Cup of Nations Group D summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Ivory Coast 3 1 5
No movement 2 Guinea 3 0 3
No movement 3 Mali 3 0 3
No movement 4 Cameroon 3 -1 2