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Where to watch the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations matches live on TV and online

Africa’s biggest football festival is finally upon us. Have you thought about where to watch all the 32 AFCON 2013 matches live between January 19 and February 10?
UK viewers can tune in to British EuroSport / HD and ITV4 to follow their favourite English Premier League stars of African origins such as Chelsea’s Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel fight to carry the ultimate trophy to Nigeria.

Thanks to ESPN3 and Watch ESPN, soccer fans in the United States of America have been able to watch all matches thus far. The...

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Nigeria vs Burkina Faso Preview

Sunday, Feb 10 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Nigeria, Burkina Faso

Nigeria wanted old rivals Ghana to join them in Sunday’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final. However, the Super Eagles will have to spend a night with surprise finalists Burkina Faso in the last fiesta.

In their semi-final encounter against the Black Stars, the Stallions were victims of arguably the worst officiating ever seen at this tournament in South Africa. They had a good penalty call turned down before the referee awarded a dubious one for the Ghanaians to break the deadlock in the first half. 

However, backed by confident coach Paul Put, Burkina Faso fought back...

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AFCON 2013 live: ESPN to air Mali vs Ghana, Nigeria vs Burkina Faso final matches

ESPN3, ESPN 3D and Watch ESPN ready to air the AFCON 2013 final live; ESPN3 includes third-place final in its live listings; ESPN Deportes to provide Nigeria vs Burkina Faso final on delay
Miami Beach, Florida (February 8, 2013) – Three weeks of pure football made in Africa finally comes to a close this weekend. Live Soccer TV gives followers of ESPN’s network information on the live broadcast of the Third-place final, Mali vs Ghana, and the ultimate final, Nigeria vs Burkina Faso.

Tune in to ESPN3 this Saturday at 13:00 EST to watch beaten semi-finalists Mali and Ghana fight...

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Mali vs Ghana Preview

Friday, Feb 8 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Ghana, Mali

Ghana and Mali will face off in the AFCON 2013 Third-place final on Saturday, a few days after suffering heart-breaking semi-final defeats against Burkina Faso and Nigeria respectively.

Bronze is not what these two contenders from Group B – especially Ghana – aimed to play for. Before traveling to Nelspruit to play Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium in the semis, the high-flying Black Stars had vowed not to return to Port Elizabeth where they were based for their first four matches. 

The mission was to go from Port Elizabeth, to Nelspruit...

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Burkina Faso vs Ghana Preview

Monday, Feb 4 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Ghana, Burkina Faso

After ousting Cape Verde and Togo respectively, Ghana and Burkina Faso are one match away from reaching the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final. Which side will break under pressure at this point?

The Black Stars play as if they have understood and mastered one major guideline: it is not how well you perform that counts but how good you are at finding your way out.

In their quarter-finals, for example, only two of their eight shots were on target; they converted these two strikes to win the match 2-0. Confidence is high in Ghana’s camp thanks to the influence of...

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Mali vs Nigeria Preview

Monday, Feb 4 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Mali, Nigeria

The semi-final stage at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations begins with Mali up against Nigeria at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday. One of these two teams will be the first to make the AFCON 2013 final.

Stories of unrest due to the current war in Mali have fully powered the country’s national football team to succeed in South Africa. The players, led by iconic captain Seydou Keita, carry the hopes of millions of fans back home who anxiously seek relief from their on-going sufferings marked by lack of freedom and a destroyed economic system. Clinching glory in football may not...

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Côte d'Ivoire vs Nigeria Preview

Friday, Feb 1 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Yaya Toure, Gervinho

On Sunday, the Royal Bafokeng stadium will host Nigeria and Ivory Coast. It is at this venue that the former secured quarter-final tickets in dramatic fashion thanks to a 2-0 win over Ethiopia.
How Ivory Coast qualified from Group D

Ivory Coast, despite not playing at full strength yet, clearly imposed themselves as the best team in their section. Togo came close to creating an upset in both sides’ opening game but Yaya Toure’s combination with Gervinho proved too hot to handle. 

Surprisingly, Tunisia gave the Elephants absolutely no contest. The latter banged...

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Ghana vs Cape Verde Islands Preview

Friday, Feb 1 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Ghana, Cape Verde

Saturday’s 10:00am EST kick-off at the 2013 AFCON is a clash between underdogs Cape Verde and pre-tournament favourites Ghana. Which side will claim semi-final tickets?
Both sides met in a friendly match played in Portugal last November. Barely three months since then, they are vying in the AFCON 2013 Last 8.

How Ghana qualified from Group B

The Black Stars were the first side to hit the back of the net at this 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Goals from Agyemang Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah seemed to have given a sure victory for Ghana but opponents Congo DR...

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Algeria vs Côte d'Ivoire Preview

Monday, Jan 28 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Algeria, Ivory Coast

This fixture has become of very low importance for Algeria and Ivory Coast. It is a clash between the top and bottom sides in Group D.

The Algerians can only feel sorry about their fate. Despite exhibiting great possessive football with one-twos and quick reaction on the ball in their first two AFCON 2013 matches, they now find themselves out of the competition.

Football is mostly about scoring and that is what Algeria failed to do against Tunisia and Togo respectively. Pride will be at stake against Ivory Coast. 


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Ethiopia vs Nigeria Preview

Monday, Jan 28 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Nigeria, Ethiopia

The third round of matches at the 2013 AFCON is like a final for Group C’s teams. How strange is it to find, at this point, Nigeria and Ethiopia in third and fourth place respectively?

Ethiopia made a dream start to the competition by holding African champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw despite the sending off of their first-choice goalkeeper Jemal Tassew. The Afrocentric side, coached by ex-CECAFA Cup winner Sewnet Bishaw, went into their second AFCON 2013 fixture with huge backing from the seduced public. 

However, a slick attacking Burkina Faso side gunned...

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Niger vs Ghana Preview

Monday, Jan 28 2013

Tags: Ghana, Niger, AFCON 2013

Ghana will be looking to emulate West African rivals Ivory Coast by hitting top gear against Niger and qualifying for the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

In the previous round of fixtures, Niger gave Congo much space but both teams were too wasteful and unlucky at times so the match ended goalless. It could be a mistake for the Menas to approach Ghana with a positive style. 

The Black Stars boosted their confidence thanks to a 1-0 win over Mali in their second game. The absence of penalty goal scorer Wakaso, through injury...

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Côte d'Ivoire vs Tunisia Preview

Ivory Coast and Tunisia, both winners in their opening Africa Cup of Nations fixtures, will lock horns on Saturday.
Match analysis

The Elephants did not impress the public against Togo but moments of brilliance from Gervinho and Yaya Toure made the difference. 

Skipper Didier Drogba did not play the full match. The ageing striker will surely be targeted by Tunisia's defenders. Ivory Coast supporters will be hoping Drogba steps up to the challenge and opens his AFCON 2013 account with a goal.


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Zambia vs Nigeria Preview

Wednesday, Jan 23 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Nigeria, Zambia

Nigerian fans are still fuming at the fact the Super Eagles conceded a late goal against Burkina Faso. What will the team encounter against Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia on Friday?

The first round of matches in Group C ended as it started with no team ahead of the other. Zambia and Nigeria both failed to protect 1-0 leads against less important sides – Ethiopia and Burkina Faso respectively.

Friday’s fixture will be like a final for the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo. The smallest difference could play a huge role in defining the fate of these...

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Ghana vs Mali Preview

Wednesday, Jan 23 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Ghana, Mali, Asamoah Gyan

While Mali hope to book a place in the AFCON 2013 quarter-finals, four-time champions Ghana aim to kick-start their campaign with victory number one.

History was made last Sunday as Mali became the first side to win a match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. An 84th minute goal from national hero Seydou Keita settled things at the disappointment of Niger. What motivates the current Group B leaders is the war back home. The Malians will be confident of beating Ghana for the second time in 13 months.

The pressure on the Black...

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Côte d'Ivoire vs Togo Preview

The crowd at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be expecting fireworks as Ivory Coast’s star-studded team takes on Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo on Tuesday.

Both teams enter the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in good form. The Togolese will feel relieved to have Adebayor on their team sheet. The presence of the Tottenham Hotspur attacker was in doubt until the very final preparation moments.

The Sparrow Hawks have been accused of depending too much on Adebayor. The team will have the chance to retort to critics on Tuesday. In...

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Nigeria vs Burkina Faso Preview

Sunday, Jan 20 2013

Tags: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, AFCON 2013

For the first time since their 2010 World Cup fixture against South Korea, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will engage in a major tournament match. They will take on Burkina Faso in their AFCON 2013 opener.

Nigerian fans will not accept a slow start from their team even if it has been almost three years since the Super Eagles last appeared on a big stage. Stephen Keshi’s side are under intense pressure to deliver in South Africa but they possess great momentum. 

The controversial exclusion of playmaker Peter Odemwingie for this tournament will be re-evaluated and judged...

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Ghana vs Congo Preview

Saturday, Jan 19 2013

Tags: Ghana, Congo DR, AFCON 2013, Asamoah Gyan

On Sunday, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth will host two former African champions – Ghana and Congo DR.

Thanks to convincing victories in warm-up matches against Egypt and Tunisia, the Black Stars are in positive mood ahead of their big AFCON 2013 opening fixture. The Ghanaians, often criticized for netting a few amount of goals in contrast to their number of chances per game, have now started scoring from set pieces. 

Midfielder Agyemang Badu and defender John Boye both scored...

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ESPN Acquires U.S. Rights to 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

All 32 Matches will be shown on ESPN3 Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 10
ESPN has acquired the U.S. media rights for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the premier championship for national soccer teams in the continent of Africa. ESPN3, the company’s live multi-screen sports network available in 83 million homes, will be the primary home for live presentation of the three-week tournament in South Africa from Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 10.

ESPN Deportes...

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2013 AFCON - Group D: Giants Ivory Coast favourites over Tunisia, Algeria and Togo

Wednesday, Jan 16 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Ivory Coast, Togo, Tunisia, Algeria, Group D

Group D is composed of a little bit of West African and a little bit of North African flavour. Ivory Coast are favourites to progress as group winners over Tunisia, Algeria and Togo.
Ivory Coast

The Elephants quickly put themselves back together after dramatically losing to Zambia in the 2012 AFCON final. Ivory Coast are arguably the strongest side in Africa and their team sheet is the envy of many coaches. 

The country is fortunate to have the likes of Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho present in the same generation. The one thing that is missing is an...

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2013 AFCON - Group C: Why Zambia and Nigeria are prone to suffer upsets

Wednesday, Jan 16 2013

Tags: AFCON 2013, Zambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Group C

Champions Zambia and ambitious Nigeria dream big, Burkina Faso must fight for pride and the Black Lions of Ethiopia are back after 31 years in the wilderness. This is Group C.

For many, the Chipolopolo’s triumph at the 2012 AFCON was purely a matter of luck. However, coach Herve Renard will be out to prove that his side deserved the cup. Defending the title will not be easy but putting on a good show is a must for the reigning African champions.

The Zambians enter the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa on the wrong foot having failed to...

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