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Black Stars players celebrating a goal during the qualifiers
The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations gets under way at South Africa’s Soccer City stadium on Saturday.
The 2013 iteration of the CAF tournament—which has been moved forward a year to prevent it clashing with World Cup years—will not feature traditional African powerhouses like Egypt, Cameroon or Senegal.
But it will feature reigning champions Zambia, Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast… and plenty of vuvuzelas.
Here are the most likely contenders for the Nations Cup trophy, and the key players to watch out for.
The Ivory Coast have won the competition only once—in 1992 when the final against Ghana went to 11-10 on penalties!—but they enter this year’s tournament as favorites.
In their final preparation game, the Elephants beat seven-time winners Egypt 4-2, with two goals from Arsenal’s Gervinho. They are now unbeaten in 23 games.
All but one of the Ivory Coast’s squad play in Europe, with familiar faces incl...
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Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba says his team's desperate search for a long-awaited African Cup title won't now revolve around him in what is likely to be his last continental championship.
Drogba said Wednesday as the Ivorians arrived in South Africa, ''I'm not thinking about myself, I'm thinking about the team.''
Drogba will be nearly 37 the...
South Africa's second big football party in three years will be all about whether Didier Drogba and Ivory Coast will finally be celebrating when the lights go out - again - at Soccer City.
While South Africa's World Cup and the last two European Championships brought unrestrained joy for Spain, the African Cup of Nations has been increasingly depressing for this continent...
Didier Drogba has said that Côte d’Ivoire are worthy of the tag of favourites at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and admits Les Elephants are “tired of losing out”.
Chelsea and former England star Frank Lampard is likely to be left out in the Stamford Bridge cold in London at the end of the season. The 34 year old will be out of contract in the summer and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made his intentions clear that the midfield legend will be surplus to requirements. This is down to Chelsea’s policy of only offering players over the age...
European Club Association research says more than half the players at the 16-nation African Cup of Nations come from teams in Europe.
The ECA says Ivory Coast has the most Europe-based players with 21 of the 23-man squad, including brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure from Manchester City. Didier Drogba plays in China.
Ethiopia has the most home-based players with 20 from domestic teams...