Why the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is a must watch


                                   The scramble for the Africa Cup of Nations title

If the 2012 AFCON is regarded as the greatest football tournament Africa has ever held then I think 2013 can only get better. The ‘home of talent’ as I would love to call it will once again grace the beautiful pitches of South Africa as it seeks to find its rightful King on the Footballing throne for the next two years; one who also books a ticket to the Confederations Cup to be held later this year.
The history that South Africa holds going into this tournament is immense. In 1996 when they hosted the tournament on behalf of Kenya- they won it and that was the last they’ve ever seen of this trophy. Four years ago on these same pitches- the confederations cup was played and boy, didn’t the whole world love the spectacle? Oh yes they did- and now another chance to show the world African football is headed for the skies.
So just before we bring to you the full preview for the 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations; here are three reasons why this tournament is a must watch for everyone
‘LAST CHANCE’
Sure I’m not a prophet but it’s clear in football when age finally catches up- the best thing to do is to quit and pave way for young blood. In reference to this; Africa has had some talented sons rule the game in slightly a decade or so but now it might be their last time to represent their countries in a show piece like this.
With the likes of Didier Drogba, Kolo Toure, Dede, Gilberto way into their 30’s it’s only fair to say it might be their last or if ever they are lucky might feature in the next edition as their last but who ever wants to gamble especially when your best is slightly behind you; it’s always a do or die for players of this calibre. Off and on the pitch ever expected to act as leaders and should there ever be a case of mischief/fail by the younger folks, fingers would probably point at their direction for their failure to provide leadership. For them actually it’s never about their personal interests at this stage, but country first- others always follow as they come.
SUPERSTARS
There are a number of superstars excelling on the pitch for their respective clubs this year and every African would want a piece of them. We always see them compete with the best in the world out there- but now this is a chance to finally see them graze on the African grass.
Ba of Senegal is right now the focal point of Africa’s attention at Chelsea, Victor Wanyama in Scotland; but it’s sad Senegal are not going to take part in this edition as well as Kenya whose fate was well documented in the qualifiers long ago.
Drogba might have left Chelsea for China but his prowess in front of goal seems to get better and better with time, Nigeria has a number of superstars ranging from the likes of Victor Moses to Ahmed Musa forgetting not the gracious Obi Mikel. Asamoah Gyan might have left the EPL but his name forever remains up there with the best of the game and even though some countries might come with names that most of us may not seem to know- it’s the chance to make a name. Hallo! It’s the AFCON- if you don’t announce your arrival here, then where else?
THE WORLD CUP PREVIEW
The world Cup is never too far for Africa. With slightly over a year to prepare for Brazil 2014; most squads will be seeking to build on their Cup of Nation performances to challenge the rest of the world for global glory.
Great footballing talents will be put on full display in the coming weeks and the most important thing to watch for will be young stars who will continue to grow in the next year or so.
It is easy to get caught in the big names, but one of these surprise countries could be the next Ghana running to quarters of the World Cup. (Cape-Verde maybe? How sweet that would be)
Here then is a list of the Group stage fixtures. Book a date with your football channel of choice; watch history unfold before your very eyes.
NB; All in South African Time.
Saturday 19 January 2013
1
South Africa
v
Cape Verde Islands
National Stadium
18:00
2
Angola
v
Morocco
National Stadium
21:00
Sunday 20 January 2013
3
Ghana
v
DR Congo
Nelson Mandela Bay
17:00
4
Mali
v
Niger
Nelson Mandela Bay
20:00
Monday 21 January 2013
5
Zambia
v
Ethiopia
Mbombela Stadium
17:00
6
Nigeria
v
Burkina Faso
Mbombela Stadium
20:00
Tuesday 22 January 2013
7
Ivory Coast
v
Togo
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
17:00
8
Tunisia
v
Algeria
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
20:00
Wednesday 23 January 2013
9
South Africa
v
Angola
Moses Mabhida Stadium
17:00
10
Morocco
v
Cape Verde Islands
Moses Mabhida Stadium
20:00
Thursday 24 January 2013
11
Ghana
v
Mali
Nelson Mandela Bay
17:00
12
Niger
v
DR Congo
Nelson Mandela Bay
20:00
Friday 25 January 2013
13
Zambia
v
Nigeria
Mbombela Stadium
17:00
14
Burkina Faso
v
Ethiopia
Mbombela Stadium
20:00
Saturday 26 January 2013
15
Ivory Coast
v
Tunisia
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
17:00
16
Algeria
v
Togo
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
20:00
Sunday 27 January 2013
17
Morocco
v
South Africa
Moses Mabhida Stadium
19:00
18
Cape Verde Islands
v
Angola
Nelson Mandela Bay
19:00
Monday 28 January 2013
19
Niger
v
Ghana
Nelson Mandela Bay
19:00
20
DR Congo
v
Mali
Moses Mabhida Stadium
19:00
Tuesday 29 January 2013
21
Burkina Faso
v
Zambia
Mbombela Stadium
19:00
22
Ethiopia
v
Nigeria
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
19:00
Wednesday 30 January 2013
23
Algeria
v
Ivory Coast
Royal Bafokeng Stadium
19:00
24
Togo
v
Tunisia
Mbombela Stadium
19:00
Meanwhile; Do not forget to read the full AFCON preview that will be running on this blog from 9th January 2013. 
Love this blog, follow the blogger on Twitter at Superjohna07 or like our Facebook Fan page  Superfoota

Leave a Reply