|Host country||South Africa|
|Dates||19 January – 10 February|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Nigeria (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||69 (2.16 per match)|
|Attendance||729,000 (22,781 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Emmanuel Emenike|
(4 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Jonathan Pitroipa|
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013 for sponsorship reasons, held from 19 January to 10 February 2013, was the 29th Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Starting from this edition, the tournament was switched to being held in odd-numbered years instead of even-numbered years so that it does not clash with the FIFA World Cup. This edition was therefore the first to be held in an odd numbered year since 1965.
South Africa hosted the tournament for the second time, after previously hosting the 1996 African Cup of Nations. The 2013 tournament is the highest attended edition of the Africa Cup of Nations under the current, 16-team format. The South African team was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Mali, following a penalty shoot-out. Zambia were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the group stage.
Nigeria won its third Africa Cup of Nations championship with a 1–0 victory over Burkina Faso in the final. Nigeria participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from CAF.
Rejected Bids :
On 4 September 2006, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approved a compromise between rival countries to host the Africa Cup of Nations after it ruled out Nigeria. CAF agreed to award the next three editions from 2010 to Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Libya respectively. They assigned Angola in 2010, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, which submitted a joint bid in 2012, and Libya for 2014.
This edition was awarded to Libya for the second time after 1982 African Cup of Nations.
Two-time former host Nigeria is the reserve host for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 tournaments, in the event that any of the host countries fails to meet the requirements established by CAF.
The 2014 tournament was pushed forward to 2013 and subsequently held in odd-numbered years to avoid year-clash with the FIFA World Cup.
Due to the Libyan Civil War, Libya traded years with South Africa, so that South Africa hosted in 2013 and Libya will be hosting in 2017. This was ratified in September 2011 at CAF's Executive Committee in Cairo, Egypt.
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
A total of 47 countries entered the qualification, including South Africa, which automatically qualified. Libya was not allowed to keep its automatic qualification after being stripped of its hosting rights due to the Libyan Civil War. Many teams made their return to the finals in this tournament. The hosts, South Africa returned after a 4-year absence. Ethiopia appeared for the first time since 1982 (a 31-year absence). Other teams absent from the 2012 finals that featured in 2013 were Nigeria, Togo, DR Congo, and Algeria. Cape Verde made its finals debut. Teams that didn't qualify for this tournament from the 2012 African Cup of Nations were both co-hosts, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Senegal, Sudan, Guinea and Botswana. South Sudan was ineligible to participate as the qualifying competition had already started by the time its membership of CAF was confirmed.
|Country||Qualified as||Qualification date||Previous appearances in tournament†|
|South Africa||Hosts||28 September 2011||7 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008)|
|Ghana||MalawiWinner against||13 October 2012||18 (1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Mali||BotswanaWinner against||13 October 2012||7 (1972, 1994, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Zambia||UgandaWinner against||13 October 2012||15 (1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Nigeria||LiberiaWinner against||13 October 2012||16 (1963, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)|
|Tunisia||Sierra LeoneWinner against||13 October 2012||15 (1962, 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Ivory Coast||SenegalWinner against||13 October 2012||19 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Morocco||MozambiqueWinner against||13 October 2012||14 (1972, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012)|
|Ethiopia||SudanWinner against||14 October 2012||9 (1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1982)|
|Cape Verde||CameroonWinner against||14 October 2012||0 (debut)|
|Angola||ZimbabweWinner against||14 October 2012||6 (1996, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Niger||GuineaWinner against||14 October 2012||1 (2012)|
|Togo||GabonWinner against||14 October 2012||6 (1972, 1984, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006)|
|DR Congo||Equatorial GuineaWinner against||14 October 2012||15 (1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)|
|Burkina Faso||Central African Rep.Winner against||14 October 2012||8 (1978, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012)|
|Algeria||LibyaWinner against||14 October 2012||14 (1968, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010)|
The South African Football Association opened bidding to all 2010 FIFA World Cup host cities however a maximum of seven venues would be used. The final list of stadiums was initially to be announced by 30 March, but was pushed back to 4 April, 20 April, and then 3 May 2012.
The venues were announced on 4 May 2012. FNB Stadium hosted the opening match and the final. The other venues selected for matches were Mbombela Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Royal Bafokeng Stadium and Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The average daytime temperature of the host cities ranges from 25.0 °C (77.0 °F) to 30.3 °C (86.5 °F).
|FNB Stadium23||Moses Mabhida Stadium||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium|
|Capacity: 94,700||Capacity: 54,0004||Capacity: 48,000|
|Mbombela Stadium||Royal Bafokeng Stadium|
|Capacity: 41,000||Capacity: 42,000|
|Durban||Durban Peoples Park, King Zwelithini Stadium, Princess Magogo Stadium|
|Johannesburg||Dobsonville Stadium, Millpark Stadium, Orlando Stadium, Rand Stadium|
|Port Elizabeth||Gelvandale Stadium, NMMU Stadium, Westbourne Oval, Zwide Stadium|
The official match ball for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations was manufactured by Adidas and named the Katlego, which means "success" in Tswana language. The name was chosen by African football fans via an online voting competition where it beat alternate names, Khanya (light) and Motswako (mixture).
The official mascot of the tournament was Takuma, a hippo wearing sports kit in South Africa's official yellow and green. The mascot was designed by Tumelo Nkoana, a 13-year-old South African student from Hammanskraal in Gauteng.
The draw for the final tournament took place on 24 October 2012 in Durban. Positions A1 and C1 were already assigned to the hosts (South Africa) and holders (Zambia) respectively. The other 14 qualified teams were ranked based on their performances during the last three Africa Cup of Nations, i.e. the 2008, 2010 and 2012 editions.
|Eliminated in 1st round||1|
Moreover, a weighted coefficient on points was given to each of the last three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations as follows:
The teams were then divided into four pots based on the ranking. Each group contained one team from each pot.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The following referees were chosen for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squads
Each team could register a squad of 23 players.
The schedule of the final tournament was released on 8 September 2012.
If two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Top two placed teams advanced to the quarterfinals|
All times South African Standard Time (UTC+2)
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group A
|South Africa (A)||3||1||2||0||4||2||+2||5|
|Cape Verde (A)||3||1||2||0||3||2||+1||5|
|19 January 2013|
|South Africa||0–0||Cape Verde||FNB Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Angola||0–0||Morocco||FNB Stadium, Johannesburg|
|23 January 2013|
|South Africa||2–0||Angola||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban|
|Morocco||1–1||Cape Verde||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban|
|27 January 2013|
|Morocco||2–2||South Africa||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban|
|Cape Verde||2–1||Angola||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group B
|20 January 2013|
|Ghana||2–2||DR Congo||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|Mali||1–0||Niger||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|24 January 2013|
|Ghana||1–0||Mali||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|Niger||0–0||DR Congo||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|28 January 2013|
|Niger||0–3||Ghana||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth|
|DR Congo||1–1||Mali||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban|
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group C
|Burkina Faso (A)||3||1||2||0||5||1||+4||5|
|21 January 2013|
|Zambia||1–1||Ethiopia||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit|
|Nigeria||1–1||Burkina Faso||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit|
|25 January 2013|
|Zambia||1–1||Nigeria||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit|
|Burkina Faso||4–0||Ethiopia||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit|
|29 January 2013|
|Burkina Faso||0–0||Zambia||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit|
|Ethiopia||0–2||Nigeria||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg|
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group D
|Ivory Coast (A)||3||2||1||0||7||3||+4||7|
|22 January 2013|
|Ivory Coast||2–1||Togo||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg|
|Tunisia||1–0||Algeria||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg|
|26 January 2013|
|Ivory Coast||3–0||Tunisia||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg|
|Algeria||0–2||Togo||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg|
|30 January 2013|
|Algeria||2–2||Ivory Coast||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg|
|Togo||1–1||Tunisia||Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit|
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations knockout stage
In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the play-off for third place where no extra time shall be played.
|2 February – Durban|
|South Africa||1 (1)|
|6 February – Durban|
|Mali (pen.)||1 (3)|
|3 February – Rustenburg|
|10 February – Johannesburg|
|3 February – Nelspruit|
|Burkina Faso (a.e.t.)||1|
|6 February – Nelspruit|
|Burkina Faso (pen.)||1 (3)|
|2 February – Port Elizabeth|
|Ghana||1 (2)||Third place|
|9 February – Port Elizabeth|
|Wakaso 54' (pen.), 90+5'||Report|
|South Africa||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Mali|
|Rantie 31'||Report||Keita 58'|
|Tioté 50'||Report||Emenike 43'
|Burkina Faso||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Togo|
|C. Diarra 75'||Report||Echiéjilé 25'
|Burkina Faso||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Ghana|
|Bancé 60'||Report||Wakaso 13' (pen.)|
|Mah. Samassa 21'
S. Diarra 90+4'
Main article: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final
The following awards were given for the tournament:
|Player name||Games played||Goals scored||Assists||Minutes played||Source|
|Mubarak Wakaso||5||4 (3 penalties)||0||396|||
|Vincent Enyeama|| Bakary Koné
| Jonathan Pitroipa
Mikel John Obi
| Asamoah Gyan|
See also: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations statistics
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|Eliminated in the group stage|
Updated to games played on 10 February 2013. Team(s) rendered in italics represent(s) the host nation(s). The competition's winning team is rendered in bold.
(1) – Total games lost not counted in total games played (total games lost = total games won)
(2) – Total number of games drawn (tied) for all teams = Total number of games drawn (tied) ÷ 2 (both teams involved)
(3) – As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.
South African public broadcaster SABC was the host broadcaster of the tournament. It paid R65 million (US$7.5 million) for the rights, which entitle it to transmit all of the games across its radio and television platforms.
|Cape Verde||RTC|||
|Hong Kong||Now TV|||
|Ireland||ITV4, British Eurosport|||
|Romania||Romanian Eurosport|||
|Russia||Russian Eurosport|||
|United Kingdom||ITV4, British Eurosport|||