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10. January 2013

Countdown to African Cup of Nations in South Africa - 19 January 2013

The countdown is on to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). The tournament kicks off at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on 19 January with a double-header featuring South Africa versus Cape Verde and Angola versus Morocco. As hosts, South Africa's national team, Bafana Bafana, enters the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations carrying the weight of immeasurable expectation from the home nation's supporters. Not only this, there is the weight of history too, because the country previously claimed the Afcon title in 1996 on the only other occasion it has hosted the continental championship. Afcon 2013 offers Bafana Bafana an opportunity to uplift the game in the country by recapturing some of the magic of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and drawing on the memories of the 1996 Cup of Nations.

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