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Live in the Now 01-12-2013 03:56 PM

2013 Africa Cup of Nations
 
Group A

South Africa
Angola
Morocco
Cape Verde

Group B

Ghana
Mali
Niger
Congo DR

Group C

Zambia
Nigeria
Burkina Faso
Ethiopia

Group D

Ivory Coast
Tunisia
Algeria
Togo

To my knowledge this is the first time the tournament has been legally covered at all in the States. All matches on ESPN3.com, starts next Saturday. Final on February 10th.

villevalo 01-12-2013 04:37 PM

Can't wait for the justification of that old, beloved tradition of blowing cheap, brightly coloured plastic horns for 90 mins a game.

Power Man 01-12-2013 05:12 PM

SOuth Africa and Algeria played a friendly today, drew 0-0

Quite a physical game for a friendly, just before a tournament

Both teams had their chances but were unable to finish

Vamos Rafa 01-12-2013 06:56 PM

I'm picking Côte d’Ivoire. Yes, I wrote Côte d’Ivoire because it sounds cooler than Ivory Coast.

Does Kevin-Prince "Too much sex with Italian Supermodel" Boateng still play for Ghana?

HajdukSplit 01-12-2013 09:22 PM

No KPB retired from international play though he is open to return if Ghana qualify for the World Cup :shakehead

Ivory Coast always seem find a way to choke, they got a tough group too this time but they still must be the main favorites. I think Ghana has been on the decline since 2010 but they are always a threat. Nigeria could make some noise as well. Not sure about Morocco, good team on paper but were so disappointing in the last AFCON

LaurentHabs 01-12-2013 10:29 PM

Hoping that Gervinho & Cote D'Ivoire go far.

Power Man 01-13-2013 03:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LaurentHabs (Post 57503057)
Hoping that Gervinho & Cote D'Ivoire go far.

" Keep Gervinho away from Emirates Stadium " :laugh:

LaurentHabs 01-13-2013 09:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McSorleyStick (Post 57513865)
" Keep Gervinho away from Emirates Stadium " :laugh:

Ta tout compris :handclap: Hit the nail on it's head

ProPAIN 01-13-2013 10:04 AM

May God bring glory to Nigeria ;)

vsk92 01-13-2013 02:43 PM

Aren't the BBC showing all the games? I can't find any schedule though

HajdukSplit 01-13-2013 07:17 PM

usually in Europe, EuroSport show all the matches and in England ITV show some matches, for Americans all the matches will be on ESPN3

Power Man 01-13-2013 08:08 PM

Man I wish Belfodi was available for the African Cup

(He just got eligible to play with Algeria, but coach Vahid didnt want to mess up the team chemistry by adding a new player right before the tournament, which is a good decision IMO)

HajdukSplit 01-13-2013 09:10 PM

speaking of squads, all the teams have named their official 23 few days ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Af...Nations_squads

Ethiopia have a NASL (USA second division) player :yo::D They also only have one European based player, playing in Sweden

Congo DR have some nice players on their squad but seem to have the same problems as Senegal in 2012, unbalanced, only 5 midfielders but many forwards

Shrimper 01-14-2013 07:40 AM

South Africa to win it.

Power Man 01-14-2013 09:54 AM

I pick Ghana to win the tournament

Evilo 01-14-2013 10:53 AM

Burkina Faso has an underrated team. Probably not a winning team, but there some good players here for an upset (Pitroipa, Traore, Koné, Kaboré, Ouattara...).

Without the Ayew brothers, Ghana seems really weak offensively.

Morocco is a decent team too. Belhanda is one of the best players in the competition and when you add El Arabi, Belghazouani, Benatia, Chafni, El Kaoutari, etc...

Obviously, no team can rival Ivory Coast's ridiculous depth.

Power Man 01-14-2013 11:01 AM

Cote d'Ivoire is deep, but the have strong egos too

And their coach Lamouchi is a bit of a softie; at least Vahid used to set them straight


We elminated them in the 2010 ACN, and we beat them with an average roster TBH

Evilo 01-14-2013 11:10 AM

Lamouchi is extremely bright and is a great tactical guy.

Now can he take care of egos I don't know. He's new to the job.

Power Man 01-14-2013 12:25 PM

Yeah I agree, Sabri is an excellent tactician

Shrimper 01-19-2013 10:51 AM

South Africa v Cape Verde about to kick off.

gary69 01-19-2013 11:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shrimper (Post 57834211)
South Africa v Cape Verde about to kick off.

Cap Verde has Platini, David Silva, Becks, Carlitos in their squad...:laugh:

vsk92 01-19-2013 12:38 PM

Poor match especially from South Africa, CV have had the best 2 chances

Live in the Now 01-19-2013 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gary69 (Post 57835165)
Cap Verde has Platini, David Silva, Becks, Carlitos in their squad...:laugh:

African Galacticos manage a draw.

HajdukSplit 01-19-2013 01:22 PM

poor match, I can see why South Africa can't even beat teams like Ethiopia at home in World Cup qualifying, they have zero creativity. Cape Verde had the best chances in this match but couldn't capitalize on them

Live in the Now 01-19-2013 02:11 PM

Belhanda not starting :shakehead

Assaidi is such a strange player. First, makes a superb run dribbling straight through Angola defense, then gets in on goal and skies the shot. Sometimes dynamite, sometimes less than.


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