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2013 Africa Cup of Nations

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Host country
South Africa

Nigeria (3rd title)

Third place

19 Jan 2013 – 10 Feb 2013

Goals scored


5 (in 5 host cities)

Burkina Faso

Fourth place

Best player
Jonathan Pitroipa


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Nigeria national football team

2012 Africa Cup of Nations, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, 2006 Africa Cup of Nations

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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.


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.

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.

Host selection

Five countries were put on the shortlist to host the tournament including one joint bid.

  •  Angola
  •  Gabon /  Equatorial Guinea
  •  Libya
  •  Nigeria (reserved hosts)
  • Other countries that failed in their bids were:

  •  Benin /  Central African Republic
  •  Botswana
  • Originally Libya won the right to host the tournament after defeating a Nigerian bid along with three other bid winning nations, Angola, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Bids from Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal were rejected and did not reach the shortlist. For the first time in CAF history, the hosts of three successive tournaments were chosen at the same time; Angola was chosen to host in 2010, Gabon/Equatorial Guinea were chosen as hosts for the 2012 Cup and Libya for the 2013 edition. However, 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.


    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.

    Host cities

    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).

    Match ball

    The official match ball for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations was manufactured by Adidas and named the Katlego, which means "success" in Sotho 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.

    Moreover, a weighted coefficient on points was given to each of the last three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations as follows:

  • 2012 edition: points to be multiplied by 3
  • 2010 edition: points to be multiplied by 2
  • 2008 edition: points to be multiplied by 1
  • The teams were then divided into four pots based on the ranking. Each group contained one team from each pot.

    Match officials

    The following referees were chosen for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Assistant referees


    Each team can register a squad of 23 players.

    Group stage

    The schedule of the final tournament was released on 8 September 2012.

    Tie-breaking criteria

    If two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:

    1. points earned in the matches between the teams concerned;
    2. goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
    3. number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
    4. goal difference in all group matches;
    5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
    6. fair play points system taking into account the number of yellow and red cards;
    7. drawing of lots by the organising committee.

    All times South African Standard Time (UTC+2)

    Knockout phase

    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.

    Player awards

    The following awards were given for the tournament:

    Orange Player of the Tournament
  • Jonathan Pitroipa
  • Pepsi Tournament Top Scorer
  • Emmanuel Emenike
  • Samsung Fair Player of the Tournament
  • Victor Moses
  • Nissan Goal of the tournament
  • Youssef Msakni vs. Algeria
  • Team of the Tournament


    4 goals
    3 goals
    2 goals
    1 goal


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