Disappointing start for South Africa as AFCON kicks-off

Jan 19, 2013
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South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde played out to a disappointing goalless draw in their 2013 Nations Cup opener at the Johannesburg’s National Stadium.

The host rolled out some of its finest musicians in a brief colourful opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations kicked off the tournament.

Based on the theme, “the beat at Africa’s feet” it was a spectacle of music and dance featuring various including Kenya’s Eric Wainana at a wet Stadium.  

President Jacob Zuma then officially opened the tournament.

Dull start  

Bafana Bafana will be bitterly disappointed at the result, as they were looking for a fast start to the tournament, while the debutants will be pleased at having claimed a point from their first outing in the AFCON.

The first half was a stop-start affair, with neither side really able to settle down and play the kind of football they would have been planning on.

South Africa had an early half-chance when Siphiwe Tshabalala’s free kick found the head of Bernard Parker, but his effort was directed well wide of the target.

Cape Verde created the first clear scoring chance and the best opportunity of the first half. On 15 minutes Babanco played a great ball to pick out Platini, who had only goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to beat, but he dragged his effort wide of the target.

The islanders spend most of the second half on the back foot, though they almost broke the deadlock against the run of play on 73 minutes when a diving header from Heldon had Itumeleng Khune scrambling across his goal line to tip the ball away