The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in South Africa on Saturday January 19 2013 as sixteen nations compete for the prestigious African trophy. It will be the second time South Africa hosts the tournament, following their 1996 hosting and subsequent winning of the trophy.
The ‘Bafana Bafana’ will be looking forward to correct their past mistakes during previous editions and compete neck to neck with African football giants like Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and incumbent champions Zambia.
Cape Verde will be participating for the very first time and is considered an underdog alongside Niger, participating for the second time. The Afro-scandic community will be paying a close attention to the inputs of players from the Danish Superliga, the Swedish Allesvenskan and the Norwegian Eliteserien.
Randers FC defender Adama Tamboura will be defending the colours of Mali while Larsen Adambathia Kwarasey of Stromgodset has been called up as one of Ghana’s goalkeepers. The South African national team will enjoy the services of midfielder May Sphiwe Mahlangu of Helsingborg and centre forward Tokelo Anthony Rantie of Malmo FF. Valeranga’s midfielder Fegor Ogude will defend the colours of Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Ethiopia’s Yussuf Yassin Saleh of Syrianska FA will feature as one of the country’s midfielders for the competition. Last but not the least is Niger’s William N’gounou Tonji who plays as midfielder for Malmo’s division one club Limhamn Bunkeflo 07.
We all look forward to savouring the contributions of these Scandinavian players as they play for their respective countries come January 19.
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