Africa Cup of Nations 2013 - day three as it happened

Live text commentary of Burkina Faso's draw with Nigeria and Zambia's entertaining stalemate with Ethiopia.

22 January 2013 Last updated at 16:58 GMT

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  1. 2040: 

    Will Kolo Toure's wish be granted? Check out the BBC Sport live text commentary tomorrow to find out.

    The tournament has burst into life today and my colleague Emlyn Begley will be the man guiding you through the action on Tuesday.

  2. 2038: 

    Ahead of the Ivory Coast's entrance to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, defender Kolo Toure explains why his Ivory Coast team need to win this year's competition in his his first column for BBC Sport.

    He writes: "It's time for the talking to stop. Now is the time for Ivory Coast to show that we are ready to win the African Cup of Nations."

    Toure will be writing regularly throughout the tournament.

  3. 2035: 

    The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is improving everyday and favourites Ivory Coast are in action on Tuesday as the Group D action begins.

    Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho should all be on show as Les Elephants play Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo at 1500 GMT. That game is followed by the north African derby between Tunisia and Algeria at 1800 GMT, a match that is always hotly contested.

  4. 2032: 

    Remember, you can read all the reaction and match reports throughout the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on the African football section of the BBC Sport website.

  5. 2028: 
    Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi on ITV:

    "I am very proud of the boys, they did everything I wanted.

    "I am going to pick it up again tomorrow morning with them. Right now, I am not going to blow their head up about this game.

    "I will take my time to psych them up and bring them up to the best of their ability."

  6. 2025: 

    We have been asking who you think will qualify from Group C, here are some of your answers:

    XXI_V on Twitter: "Ethiopia. They played the best today. And I'm a Nigerian!!!"

    Tzeebabe on Twitter: "ZAMBIA no doubt."

    BA_Omodenden1 on Twitter: "From the two matches played today, I think Nigeria has a better chance if they avoid those silly errors."

    Keep them coming in by tweeting to #BBCAFCON or text 81111 (UK only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international).

  7. 2022: 
    BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji on Twitter:

    "Nigeria coach Keshi: "I will let the boys sleep over this game and pick it up tomorrow. Won't blame them, they gave it [their] all."

  8. 2016: 

    So, the opening fixtures of Group C are over and it is all square between the teams after two draws.

    Holders Zambia and traditional heavyweights Nigeria both endured underwhelming starts to the competition, Burkina Faso resembled a team that had not won in their previous 17 successive Nations Cup games, but Ethiopia with their patient passing play really impressed.

    It is all to play for. Which two teams do you think will progress to the quarter-finals?

  9. 2012: 

    AdrianClark on Twitter: "Blimey, Nigeria. It must be like supporting England... Massive expectation, trading on past glory and a sense of sad inevitability."

  10. 2010: 

    I can understand that anger as Nigeria only had themselves to blame for the equaliser. Efe Ambrose struggled at right-back in a pre-tournament friendly against Cape Verde and never looked comfortable there tonight before his red card.

    The Super Eagles also played without any intensity and invited Burkina Faso on. Les Etalons looked an inferior side throughout, but they never gave up, and made the most of Nigeria's invitation to level things up.

  11. 2008: 
    BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji on Twitter:

    "Angry Nigerian journalists ranting outside the press conference room. Coach Stephen Keshi and captain Joseph Yobo are here."


    Tayofalore on Twitter: "Heart-break in Fergie time for the second time in 24 hours. Man United and then Super Chickens... Sorry, meant Eagles."

    BBC Sports's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium for today's Afcon Group C matches:

    "Taken very nicely - but the Super Eagles should have had that one shut down. We'd played 4'03" of four mins of stoppage time when it went in."


    Benmwine on Twitter: "Football teaches us key life lessons, like never give up! Burkina Faso salvage a point with literally the last kick of the game."

    Joe_Zee on Twitter: "Well played Alain Traore, superb finish."

  15. 1958: 
    Nigeria 1-1 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria were punished for a typically lax approach against Burkina Faso. The Super Eagles never got out of second gear against an inferior opponent and were just asking for the equaliser to go in.

    Ahmed Musa, in particular, was completely wasted. Whenever the winger got on the ball he was dynamic and exciting, shame his approach was not mirrored by his team-mates.

  16. 1956: 

    DoctorChidi on Twitter: "Nigeria has shown class with Mikel Obi displaying his Chelsea experience. I think three points are safe. We can even play this Burkina Faso with nine-men."

    I was in the middle of putting this entry together when Alain Traore struck...

  17. 1953: 
    FULL-TIME- Nigeria 1-1 Burkina Faso
  18. 1951: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 1-1 Burkina Faso - Alain Traore (90 mins)

    What an end! Jonathan Pitroipa gets clear in the penalty area but the chance looks to go to waste as he puts in a poor cut back while falling over. Nigeria's defenders then get in each others way, and substitute Alain Traore arrives on the scene to expertly place his shot past Vincent Enyeama.

  19. 1949: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Two minutes to go of injury time...

  20. 1949: 

    Bimbola on Twitter: "This game is surely an anti-climax to the earlier Group C game. Biggest moment was half time."

    Sheriff Touray on Twitter: "This tournament is tasteless. Nothing so far for African football to show off for."

  21. 1948: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    We are into injury-time now and Burkina Faso are continuing to rather unconvincingly push for a leveller.

  22. 1946: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria made hard work of that. John Obi Mikel plays in Ikechukwu Uche, who declines an excellent invitation to shoot and instead passes back to the defensive midfielder who blazes well over.

  23. 1944: 

    Kentonye on Twitter: " I questioned Uche's entry for Emenike! He has fluffed two excellent chances!!!"

  24. 1943: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso excite when Alain Traore and Jonathan Pitroipa get on the ball but there is a chronic lack of pace elsewhere to make the most of their one-man advantage.

  25. 1941: 

    Burkina Faso are pushing for a leveller with less than 10 minutes to go and Abdou Traore is thrown on for Florent Rouamba.

  26. 1939: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    I promise I was not lying when I told you Ikechukwu Uche is the topscorer in this Nigeria squad (with 18 goals, if you want to check) but he is doing everything possible to make you doubt me.

    Again, he shoots wildly when well positioned in the penalty area.

  27. 1936: 

    Stephen Keshi must be reading your tweets Bimbola as he brings on defender Kenneth Omeruo for striker Ideye Brown.

    Backs to the wall job here for 10-man Nigeria.

  28. 1934: 

    BimbolaAwoyele on Twitter: "Nigeria head coach Keshi needs to come up with something lest he be caught like Ethiopia did to Zambia."

  29. 1931: 
    RED CARD- Nigeria - Efe Ambrose (73 mins)

    Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose can have no complaints with that as he picks up his second booking for a pull back on Jonathan Pitroipa.


    Naturally, Nosa Igiebor goes into the referee's notebook for that.

  31. 1930: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nosa Igiebor overruns the balls and plants his foot onto the knee of Florent Rouamba on the follow-through. It was not malicious but that does not mean it does not hurt any less.

  32. 1929: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    A very laidback performance so far from Nigeria, who, as has become rather typical, are not living up to their 'Super Eagles' nickname.

  33. 1928: 

    Midfielder Fegor Ogude trundles off and is replaced by Lazio man Ogenyi Onazi.

  34. 1925: 

    Now then, on comes Burkina Faso danger man Alain Traore who has been nursing an injury problem. The cumbersome Aristide Bance is the man to make way.

  35. 1923: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    That was awful! Ikechukwu Uche shows the first touch of an international footballer to make space in the area but then shanks his shot wide like a pub player.

    That could have killed the game off with 25 minutes to go.

  36. 1920: 

    Vincent Enyeama dives across his goal to push out Moumouni Dagano's less than convincing shot after a swift counter-attack from Burkina Faso.

  37. 1917: 

    Sunday Ogunleye on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "I am still afraid Nigeria need to score more goals, I saw what happened to Ghana yesterday. Go Super Eagles."

  38. 1915: 

    Emmanuel Emenike's job is done for the day and he makes way for Ikechukwu Uche, who is the top international goalscorer in the Nigeria squad at the Nations Cup.

    Emmanuel Emenike
  39. 1914: 
    YELLOW CARD- Mohamed Koffi

    Mohamed Koffi is given the same colour card as his peroxide goatee beard for a pointless foul on Ideye Brown.

  40. 1913: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    I love a good 'sweeper/keeper' and Abdoulaye Soulama is alert as Franco Baresi as he races out to intercept the ball ahead of Emmanuel Emenike.

  41. 1911: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria started with purpose in the second half but that dynamism has ebbed away. Ahmed Musa looks very dangerous every time he gets on the ball and the long balls from midfield need to be more accurate if Nigeria want to play the CSKA Moscow winger in more often.

  42. 1910: 

    Akeem Adeboun on Twitter: "Up the Super Eagles, nice game played......we are winning this game go go go Eagles."

    Robert Simon on Twitter: "Good start. Strikers have made a statement, Mikel leads his clique of midfielders, defence shaky."

  43. 1909: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    That was Moumouni Dagano's time to shine but I think he might need to get some contact lenses as his aim is all off with his header and the ball bounces harmlessly off his shoulder just yards from goal. A real waste for Burkina Faso.

  44. 1904: 

    We are underway for the second half and Nigeria have gone straight on the attack.

  45. 1903: 

    Wilfried Dah makes way for Wilfried Sanou at the start of the second half for Burkina Faso.

  46. 1858: 
    A Burkina Faso supporter

    There was not a lot to cheer from a Burkina Faso perspective in the first half. Can Les Etalons improve after the break?

  47. 1854: 

    Adekola Fadipe on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "John Obi Mikel has been fantastic so far."

  48. 1847: 
    HALF-TIME- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    That was a bit too easy for Nigeria. They have played well within themselves, yet lead 1-0 through Emmanuel Emenike's goal.

    The only criticism for the Super Eagles is that they have chosen to sit back after the opening goal and have not hammered home their advantage. Ethiopia showed against holders Zambia in the previous match that can be a dangerous tactic.

  49. 1845: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    I think Aristide Bance may be one of the most ill-suited wingers I have ever seen. Nimble dribbling and dynamic pace do not seem to be part of the 6ft 4in giant's repertoire...

  50. 1841: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    We are into the final five minutes of the first half. Can Burkina Faso get a goal?

  51. 1840: 

    Tony Brown on Twitter: "Burkina Faso need to get Pitroipa on the ball more. Great runner for Stade Rennais in Ligue 1."

  52. 1839: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    There is a saying that a team is only as strong as its weakest player and there was a good example from Burkina Faso as the excellent Jonathan Pitroipa nimbly spins around several Nigeria defenders and lays off an excellent pass that full-back Mohamed Koffi clumsily thumps long for a goal kick.

  53. 1833: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Was that a penalty? Elderson Echiejile is penalised for a handball on the edge of the penalty box but it looks like he could have been in the area.

    The replays are not conclusive. What is conclusive is that Burkina Faso know how to waste a good free-kick as the smart cut-back across the box that follows sees two of their players comedically charge into each other.

    Needs a bit more work on the training ground I would wager.

  54. 1829: 

    Akinola AK Adesoji on Twitter: "Keshi's selection is being justified. Ideye & Emenike might just be a good combo after all..."

    Adebiyi Tope on Twitter: "John Obi Mikel really showing why he's a Champions League winner with long range accurate passes."

  55. 1827: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    After Ideye Brown's wasteful start to the match, seems he is more suitable to the 'provider' role...

  56. 1822: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso - Emmanuel Emenike (23 mins)

    That was a real poachers goal from Emmanuel Emenike. The Spartak Moscow man dived to poke the ball home from close range ahead of the onrushing Burkina Faso goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama after a deft knockdown from strike partner Ideye Brown.

  57. 1821: 

    Beeshup on Twitter: "Mikel pulling the strings here."

  58. 1817: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    We have just seen a top-class strop from Nigeria left-back Elderson Echiejile after Ideye Brown stretches to head the ball instead of him.

    That striker really should have left that chance to his colleague, who reacts with foot-stomping and screaming.

  59. 1813: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    The Nigerian bench are all scratching their heads, and no wonder, as Ideye Brown blazes a great low cross from Ahmed Musa over the crossbar when he should have done a lot better.

  60. 1812: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso are sitting deep so far and seem content to hit Nigeria on the break through the pace of Jonathan Pitroipa, who is playing as the lone striker tonight instead of his usual role as a flying winger.

  61. 1810: 

    Chidi Orizo on Twitter: "No Victor Moses, sad he would have destroyed Burkina Faso. But so glad Mikel is starting."

  62. 1809: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    That is a great shout for a penalty. Ideye Brown races onto a deft chipped ball by John Obi Mikel and is rather clumsily barged over by Bakary Kone.

  63. 1808: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    There is a real Soviet feel to Nigeria's attackers. Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa play for Moscow-based clubs while Ideye Brown plies his trade in Ukraine for Dynamo Kiev.

    I would wager it is a fair bit colder there than it is in South Africa!

  64. 1804: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Being locked away in a training camp can be pretty boring, so I'll excuse the peroxide haircuts on show from several of the players. They will do anything to fill their time these guys.

  65. 1800: 

    And we are under way...

  66. 1759: 

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Echiejile, Yobo, Oboabona, Ambrose, Ogude, Mikel, Igiebor, Ideye, Emenike, Musa. Subs: Agbim, Obiorah, Egwueke, Moses, Gabriel, Uche, Onazi, Uzoenyi, Mba, Oshaniwa, Omeruo, Ejide.

    Burkina Faso: Soulama, Bakary Kone, Keba Paul Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri, Koffi, Djakaridja Kone, Pitroipa, Rouamba, Dah, Bance, Dagano. Subs: Diakite, Henri Traore, Alain Traore, Ouattara, Balima, Rabo, Kabore, Pan-Pierre Koulibaly, Wilfried Sanou, Abdou Razak Traore, Nakoulma, Germain Sanou.

    Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

  67. 1759: 

    Maimcy on Twitter: "Go our darling Super Eagles and make us proud! Up Super Eagles!"

  68. 1758: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso (1800 GMT)

    Would not want to be stuck behind him, though.

  69. 1756: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso (1800 GMT)

    Just seen my favourite fan of the tournament so far. There is a a Burkina Faso supporter in the crowd wearing a three-tiered sombrero with oversized comedy glasses on to boot. Can only applaud that effort.

  70. 1755: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso (1800 GMT)

    A bit more passion from the Burkina Faso boys, will that translate to the game itself?

  71. 1754: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso (1800 GMT)

    The Nigerian players did not seem to be as concentrated on their anthem as previous teams have been. Defender Efe Ambrose was even looking the wrong way for most of it.

  72. 1752: 
    BBC Sport's Farayi Mungazi

    "Big news as far as Nigeria is concerned is that Victor Moses starts on the bench. Brave man head coach Stephen Keshi..."

  73. 1750: 

    Former Juventus and Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh on Twitter: "Boy, am excited and strangely nervous before my country Nigeria takes centre stage! But I feel we have a clear chance at victory tonight!"

  74. 1747: 
    BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji

    "Zambia head coach Herve Renard: "We deserve what we got today. Merit goes to Ethiopia. We hope they can confirm it against Nigeria and Burkina Faso."

  75. 1745: 
    BBC Sports's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium

    "While journalists listen to Zambia head coach Herve Renard, I'm in the stands, watching Nigeria and Burkina Faso warm up. Afcon 2013 doesn't stop!"

  76. 1742: 

    Attackers Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye and Emmanuel Emenike all start for Nigeria as Victor Moses is restricted to a place on the bench.

    For Burkina Faso, striker Alain Traore has been struggling with an ankle injury and is not fit to start.

  77. 1734: 

    Adeola81 on Twitter: "We've suffered disappointments from Super Eagles in the recent time. Come on Eagles, you've got to get it right this time."

  78. 1723: 

    On Sunday night, DJ Edu kicked off the Africa Cup of Music as he played tracks from the 16 countries featured in the African Cup of Nations. It was a fierce battle but you guys chose Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Zambia, Cape Verde, Angola, South Africa and Morocco as the final eight countries to qualify.

    You can catch up on the programme on the BBC iPlayer, and tune in next week to find out about the next stage.

  79. 1719: 

    Burkina Faso are making their eighth appearance in the last 10 Africa Cup of Nations but they have gone 17 matches without a victory at the tournament.

    The spine of the team is similar to last years, with veteran striker Moumouni Dagano captaining them.

    Goalkeeper Daouda Diakate, defender Bakary Kone and midfielders Alain Traore, Charles Kabore and Jonathan Pitroipa are also all important figures.

  80. 1717: 

    Izuudokwu on Twitter: "Those that have played have not pulled the trigger, it's as if the game is yet to start. I hope Nigeria starts it..."

  81. 1712: 

    Nigeria come to the tournament desperate to erase the memories of their failure to qualify for the 2012 finals.

    The nation has lifted the Africa Cup of nations twice and finished as runners-up four times. No surprise when you consider they have previously fielded superstar names such as Nwankwu Kanu, Jay Jay Okocha, Uche Okechukwu and Rashidi Yekini.

    Nigeria have had mixed results in the build-up to the tournament, drawing 1-1 with Catalonia, being held to a 0-0 draw by fellow qualifiers Cape Verde, beating Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 before easing to a 5-0 victory over Portuguese second division outfit Farense.

    Much will rest on the form of Chelsea pair Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel.

  82. 1708: 

    Nigeria winger Victor Moses is expected to make his Africa Cup of Nations debut, having overcome a knock to take his place.

    Burkina Faso have gone 17 matches without a win in the Cup of Nations but strike pair Alain Traore and Aristide Bance should both be fit to start after injury scares.

  83. 1706: 

    Wow, what a game. Wonder what Nigeria and Burkina Faso can serve up at 1800 GMT?

  84. 1705: 

    Berisol Betemariam Hailu on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "What a heroic performance from the Waliyas!"

  85. 1700: 
    BBC Sport's Aliyu Tanko at the Mbombela stadium

    "Match ended 1-1. Ethiopians moving out of the pitch heads high while the Zambians..."

  86. 1655: 

    Yoyo_Ab on Twitter: "This how we do it Ethiopian style!!!"

  87. 1654: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    What a performance from Ethiopia in their first Africa Cup of Nations game for more than 30 years and what a match!

    The Walya Antelopes had a man sent off and missed a penalty, but they fought so hard to hold champions Zambia to a highly-creditable draw.

  88. 1653: 
    FULL-TIME- Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia
  89. 1652: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    Emmanuel Mayuka shows great skill and pace to race clear out wide but his cross is way too hard.

    Before that, could Ethiopia have had a penalty? The ball hit Stopilla Sunzu on the arm in the box but it would have been a harsh one.

  90. 1650: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    One minute of injury time has gone, two more to go. Will anyone get a winner?

  91. 1649: 

    KoloKennethK on Twitter: "Champions struggling against debutants-look-alike here. Shows the quality they truly don't possess."

  92. 1648: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    As the clock ticks towards the 90 minute-mark, we have just seen a great shot of an Ethiopian fan praying. This game means so much to their fans.

  93. 1645: 

    Ethiopian goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was the first man to be sent-off in this tournament. It's not often you see a red card given to a man on a stretcher - but the keeper looked like he did himself some real damage making a wild challenge.

    Jemal Tassew
  94. 1645: 

    Reigning BBC African Football of the Year Chris Katongo is replaced by Emmanuel Myauka who is yet to score for Southampton this season in seven Premier League appearances.

  95. 1643: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    Ethiopia have tried to make the ball do the work all afternoon. The introduction of Addis Hinta has added some much needed composure in the final third.

    While the Walya Antelopes, even with 10-men, are playing to their strengths, you could not say the same about Zambia. Substitute Jacob Mulenga is excellent in the air but they are not putting in any crosses.

    Can that change in the last five minutes?

  96. 1640: 

    Yani Ourad on Twitter: "Credit to Ethiopia, one man down, one goal down but they didn't dare giving up! 2-1 final score to the Walya Antelopes!!"

    Fisayo Diaro on Twitter: "The Walya Antelopes are just so confident on the ball that you wonder if SIX of them are from Barça's La Masia academy."

    Important to note that they are not, but they really are a very tidy team in possession.

  97. 1639: 

    Collins Mbesuma forces a good save from substitute goalkeeper Zerihun Tadele as he drags a low shot towards the bottom corner.

    Zambia are slowly building some pressure here.

  98. 1637: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    Why did Ethiopia head coach Sewnet Bishaw leave out Addis Hintsa? The midfielder has been outstanding since he came on and has just hit a speculative long-range effort wide.

  99. 1634: 

    Isaac Chansa has impressed in spells for Zambia but he makes way for the skilful Mukuka Mulenga.

  100. 1632: 
    Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

    Zambia's defence was all over the place once again for the goal as several of them naively broke shape and raced towards the ball. The Ethiopia fans did not care about prosaic things like that as they roared in celebration.

    If they keep on defending like this, I dread to think what teams like Ivory Coast, group opponents Nigeria and Ghana will do to them.

    Ethiopia fans
  101. 1629: 

    Kofi Tawiah Quansah on Twitter: "And that is what you get for not taking your chances!"

    Iregbenu Paul on Twitter: "I said it earlier the Ethiopians were better organized and focussed despite been one down and now they have equalised. Game on!"

    Yonas on Twitter: "Ethiopia Dance of DELIGHT!!!!!"

  102. 1629: 

    That is a really harsh decision. Collins Mbesuma is booked for a dive in the penalty area but Aynalem Hailu seemed to have hold of his shirt.

  103. 1623: 
    GOAL- Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia - Adane Girma (65 mins)

    The crowd are going wild in the stadium as Adane Girma shoots into the near post after being played in by a deft pass by Saladin Said. Addis Hintsa began the move with an incisive through ball, that is what you call impact from the bench.

  104. 1623: 

    Midfielder Addis Hintsa was a surprise absentee from the Ethiopia starting line-up and he comes on for Getaneh Kebede with less than thirty minutes to go.

  105. 1620: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    Collins Mbesuma and Chris Katongo are proving a real handful up front for Zambia and the latter player has just ballooned an effort over the crossbar.

  106. 1619: 

    Joseph Musonda makes way for Jacob Mulenga in an attacking move from Zambia head coach Herve Renard.

  107. 1617: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    Former Juventus and Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh on Twitter: "The goalkeeper's sending off emanated from lack of experience. The Ethiopians are the better side so far."

  108. 1615: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson at the Africa Cup of Nations: "Keep the sliding doors to your room shut when you aren't in to keep monkeys out. An Africa Cup of Nations first for me."

  109. 1614: 

    Amid all the first half mayhem, it is important to note that Zambia trio Stopilla Sunzu, Joseph Musonda and Chisamba Lungu are all on a booking. Could there be another sending off?

  110. 1610: 

    Aaron Leggott on Twitter: "Ethiopia have a lot of work to do if they want to get a good result here. Said is isolated up front."

  111. 1608: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    Ethiopia are continuing to stick to their principles and are still playing the ball out from the back despite their one-man disadvantage. A dangerous game.

  112. 1604: 

    The second half is under way. Let's hope it is like the first 45 minutes!

  113. 1602: 

    Umaru M Gassama on Twitter: "Ethiopians are putting on a great fight but they failed to take their best chance and now they have paid the price for negligence."

    Mikias Sebsibe on Twitter: "Watching the game by the thousands at a venue called Millennium in Addis. Match of the millennium for us no matter the outcome."

  114. 1601: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    Zambia may have a one-man advantage and are leading 1-0 but their defending left much to be desired when Ethiopia pressed them.

    Prospective Reading signing Stopilla Sunzu looked well off Premier League standard in a loose first half performance.

    Stopilla Sunzu
  115. 1558: 

    Kamfunti M Kanyama on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "Are they still calling Zambia chancers?!?"

  116. 1557: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium

    "Thrilling match here. Two questions for governing body CAF - what reaction will there be to the fans throwing bottles and vuvuzelas on the the pitch in protest at the keeper being (rightly) sent off? And why did the referee play only three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half, when the keeper was clearly down for much more than that before being sent off?"

  117. 1555: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    You guys have been complaining about the lack of entertainment so far at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but that half had everything.

    Missed penalties, horrendous fouls, defensive naivety, showboating centre-backs, red cards on a stretcher and a well taken goal. What more could you want?

  118. 1553: 

    Iregbenu Paul on Twitter: "What courage shown by the referee from Gabon in making the call of sending off the Ethiopian goalkeeper! Big up Ref."

  119. 1552: 
    Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia

    You do not want to see that. The Zambian players are forced into a hasty retreat from their celebrations as a number of items from the crowd began raining down on them, including several vuvuzelas.

  120. 1549: 
    HALF-TIME- Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia
  121. 1547: 
    GOAL- Zambia 1-0 Ethiopia - Collins Mbesuma (45 mins)

    Isaac Chansa heads the ball into a gaping gap in the middle of the Ethiopian defence. Zambia striker Collins Mbesuma then races on and calmly places his half-volley into the bottom corner of the Ethiopian net to give the holders the lead.

  122. 1546: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    The fourth official has given three minutes of added time. Where did he get that number from?

  123. 1545: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    Rainford Kalaba just nearly took off Zambia striker Collins Mbesuma's head with a fiercely hit cross. There is no sign of a breakthrough yet for Zambia against the 10-men.

  124. 1542: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    The clock says we have less than three minutes to play in the first half, but fair to say we will have a fair amount of added time to go after that.

  125. 1541: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    Statisticians Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Zambia have now seen an opponent's player sent off with a red card in three of their last four AFCON matches."

  126. 1540: 

    After several minutes without any play, midfielder Shimelese Bekele makes way for substitute goalkeeper Zerihun Tadele.

  127. 1537: 
    RED CARD- Jemal Tassew - Ethiopia

    I have never seen that before. Goalkeeper Jemal Tassew has just been given a red card while he was being stretchered off the pitch.

    He was rightly shown no sympathy by Castane Otogo, that challenge was appalling.

  128. 1534: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    There is a real decision for the referee to make here. Ethiopia goalkeeper Jemal Tassew has just clattered Chisamba Lungu 40 yards from goal after he raced out to halt the onrushing defender who was clean through.

    There is a hint of the Harald Schumachers at the 1982 World Cup about that high, wild and reckless lunge.

  129. 1531: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium

    "The luck of champs? Mweene is the man when it comes pens! Poor pen from Said but they still have to be saved..."

  130. 1529: 

    Emmanuel Etim on Twitter: "Kennedy Mweeneeeee!! Now that's what you call a save!"

  131. 1529: 

    There are mistakes being made all over the pitch but Ethiopia centre-back Biyadglign Eliase has just performed the most outrageous dribble out of defence. Nerves of steel.

  132. 1528: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    This really is a cracking game here. Zambia instantly raced up the pitch and forced a great save from Jemal Tassew after the missed penalty.

  133. 1524: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Saladin Seid - Ethiopia

    That was poor play all round. First, Zambia's Chisamba Lungu clumsily felled Saladin Seid in the penalty box after a neat cutback from the number seven.

    The striker himself stepped up to take it, but his side-footed effort lacked conviction and Kennedy Mweene dove across his goal to save it.

  134. 1524: 
  135. 1521: 

    George Petros Jnr on Twitter: "Zambia will carry the day, we are the Chipolopolo!!!"

    Kolo Kenneth Kadiri on Twitter: "Zambia hanging on thin thread there at the back. Nigeria would easily wallop these guys with this type of play."

  136. 1520: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    Both teams look nervous at the back. Ethiopia keep giving the ball away in their final third after pressure from the Zambians, while the Nations Cup holder's centre-backs look to have an error of their own within them.

    I would be shocked if we got a 0-0 here.

  137. 1518: 

    Zambia's Joseph Musonda has the rock hard pitch in Nelspruit to thank as his awful clearance attempt plays Saladin Seid through on goal. The striker then lobs his effort over the onrushing goalkeeper but the ball somehow bounces over the crossbar.

    I have never seen a ball behave like that before. A real let off for Zambia.

  138. 1515: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    Wow, that was like watching Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel in his prime as Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene pings a beautiful 60-yard pass that lands right on the foot of his team-mate, who then lowers the tone with a poor cross.

  139. 1514: 

    SuperCharlee on Twitter: "I expect Ethiopia to frustrate Zambia but the latter will win this one."

  140. 1513: 
    YELLOW CARD- Stoppila Sunzu - Zambia

    Reading fans, your prospective signing Stoppila Sunzu really likes a tackle. He has just committed a wild challenge on Ethiopia danger man Saladain Said and is rightly booked for his efforts.

  141. 1509: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    The Zambians are really pressing their Ethiopian opponents high up the pitch here. Head coach Herve Renard is famous for his emphasis on physical fitness and that works seems to be paying off.

  142. 1508: 
    BBC Sport's Steve Vickers at the Mbombela Stadium:

    "The wall of sound from the Ethiopia fans is truly astounding. Never heard 3,000 fan make so much noise!"

  143. 1505: 
    Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia

    Ethiopia have already fired in a few efforts here to excite a stadium that is distinctly 'yellow' in colour. The vuvuzelas are also out in force in this home away from home for the Walya Antelopes fans.

  144. 1502: 

    Temesgen Fitamo in Finland via text: "My first time ever seeing my Ethiopia at the Nations Cup. A very exciting moment. Ethiopians love footie, especially the English Premier League, but today all eyes will be on South Africa . Go, go, go Team Ethiopia."

  145. 1500: 

    And we are off. Ethiopia will hope they can improve on a head-to-head record against Zambia which features just two wins.

  146. 1459: 

    Zambia: Mweene, Nkausa, Himoonda, Sunzu, Musonda, Sinkala, Lungu, Chansa, Kalaba, Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo. Subs: Titima, Kasonde, Jacob Mulenga, Felix Katongo, Chamanga, Chivuta, Njovu, Mbola, Mayuka, Sakuwaha, Munyao, Mukuka Mulenga.

    Ethiopia: Tassew, Bune, Elias, Hailu, Tesfaye, Bekele, Megersa, Adane Girma, Teshome, Kebede, Said. Subs: Bancha, Gebreyes, Zinabu, Alula Girma, Bogale, Oukri, Ibrahim, Estifanos, Saleh, Assefa, Hintsa, Tadelle.

    Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

  147. 1455: 

    The Ethiopia players to a man are absolutely belting out their rather tuneful anthem. Great stuff.

  148. 1454: 

    There is real conviction on the faces of the Zambia players as they sing their national anthem. These boys mean business.

  149. 1452: 

    The teams are emerging from the tunnel at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and we are almost ready for the anthems.

    They'll be greeted by the sight of a male Zambian fan in a bikini... You certainly do not see that type of support everyday!

  150. 1449: 

    Reading fans have another reason to watch this game after Zambia central defender Stopilla Sunzu trained with them in the build-up to the Nations Cup ahead of a possible move.

    BBC Sports's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium

    "Massive cheer for Ethiopia as they warm up. Not many here but those who are, are wearing yellow, red and green!"

  152. 1443: 

    Zambia look hot favourites ahead of today's game, but Ethiopia proved in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that they are no pushovers.

    The Walya Antelopes lost the first leg of their qualifier 5-3 to Sudan, but they held their nerve in the second leg and went through on away goals thanks to strikes from Adane Girma and Saladin Seid.

  153. 1439: 

    Zambia also boast the 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year after Zambia captain Christopher Katongo was given the award.

    He told BBC Sport: "This is a fantastic moment for me. I thank the people who voted for me. It is something I will never forget in my career."

  154. 1437: 

    Jacob Mulenga is set to be a key player at the Africa Cup of Nations, as Zambia try to defend the title they won in 2012.

    Speaking to BBC Sport, the Utrecht striker seemed to be relishing the pressure of representing the holders.

    He said: "It is a challenge [being the champions], but I love a challenge as the harder it is, the better it is."

  155. 1435: 

    Tesfaya Tadesse on BBC Love African Football Facebook page: "It is great for Ethiopians to came back to CAF and I wish a victory."

  156. 1429: 

    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 Sports World live from South Africa throughout the tournament. All the latest news and match reports 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.

    In short, you have got no excuse not to know the latest events from South Africa.

  157. 1426: 

    Stowegregory on Twitter: "The vuvuzelas are back! Don't know if that's good or bad..."

    Manyahaya on Twitter: "Supporting the Super Eagles but don't fancy anything special from them. Semi-final berth at most."

    Daveadane on Twitter: "The unexpected team Ethiopia will win against team Zambia."

  158. 1424: 

    Former champions Ethiopia were one of the founder members of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1957 but have long been strangers to the tournament since then.

    Despite being the continent's second largest country, the emergence of more nations in the wake of post-colonial independence has put paid to their hopes of qualifying for a tournament they last reached in 1982.

    The team plays a short passing game embossed by some individual flair, with none more skilful than star striker Saladin Said who has a rather entertaining habit of scoring spectacular goals.

    Most Ethiopian fans are simply hoping for a credible display in South Africa, and head coach Sewnet Bishaw has no fresh injury worries to report as he aims to fulfil this rather modest aim.

  159. 1420: 

    We have got some early team news from the Mbombela Stadium in South Africa as Zambia select 10 of the 11 players versus Ethiopia that started the final last year.

    As expected, star striker Saladin Seid leads the line for Ethiopia.

  160. 1416: 

    Danielpemberto2 on Twitter: "Nigeria to win."

  161. 1413: 
    BBC Sport's Matthew Kenyon at the Mbombela stadium

    "Just met Sudan coach Mohamed "Mazda" Abdallah, he is here as an official to see the team who knocked his side out of qualifying, Ethiopia, return to the Nations Cup for the first time since 1982. "That's football", he said."

  162. 1409: 

    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 Zambia play like champions? How will Ethiopia's long-awaited return work out?

    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.

  163. 1408: 

    Now then, let's rewind the clock 12 months and highlight Zambia's tournament victory.

    The Chipolopolo's triumph could not have been more emotional, with the little-fancied side taking the title in Gabon, a country in which 18 of their players lost their lives in a plane crash after leaving the capital Libreville in 1993.

    This year Zambia have a stronger squad as they aim to defend their title. In come defender Emmanuel Mbola, midfielder William Njobvu and FC Utrecht striker Jacob Mulenga, who missed the dramatic victory 12 months ago.

    Their hopes of winning the trophy again have also been boosted by the availability of skilful midfielder Rainford Kalaba, who has recovered from a groin injury.

    Their pre-tournament results have featured three losses and one draw, but history shows that head coach Herve Renard's team should never be written off.

  164. 1406: 

    I am no going to lie to you and say the opening day was a thriller, as South Africa v Cape Verde and Angola v Morocco ended scoreless.

    However, things improved a lot on Sunday as DR Congo came back from 2-0 down to deny Ghana victory and Mali snatched a late winner against Niger.

    More of that today and we will be laughing!

  165. 1402: 

    So for those at the back of the classroom who have not been paying attention so far, 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...

  166. 1400: 

    Hello and welcome to day three of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Ghana's dramatic 2-2 draw with DR Congo shows just how thrilling this tournament can be, and I reckon we are in for another huge serving of excitement today.

    The action begins at 1500 GMT with holders Zambia - the long shots who took last year's event by storm - against Ethiopia, a side who are competing in their first Nations Cup for more than 30 years.

    Heavyweights Nigeria then kick-off against Burkina Faso at 1800 GMT. The Super Eagles have struggled to live up to their fearsome reputation in recent years, but as always, boast one of the most talent-laden squads.

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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