SPORTS

[edit]Quarterfinals

2 February 2013
17:00
   Ghana Match 26  Cape Verde Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

2 February 2013
20:30
South Africa  Match 25 Mali  Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

3 February 2013
17:00
 Côte d’Ivoire Match 28   Nigeria Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

3 February 2013
20:30
 Burkina Faso Match 27  Togo Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Semifinals

6 February 2013
17:00
Mali  Match 29   Nigeria Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

6 February 2013
20:30
 Burkina Faso Match 30  Ghana Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Third place play-off

9 February 2013
20:00
Loser Match 29 Match 31 Loser Match 30 Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

[edit]Final

10 February 2013
20:00
Winner Match 29 Match 32 Winner Match 30 National StadiumJohannesburg

[edit]Knockout phase 2013 African Cup of Nations 

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
2 February – Durban
 South Africa
6 February – Durban
  Mali
3 February – Rustenburg
 Winner Group D
10 February – Johannesburg
  Nigeria
3 February – Nelspruit
  Burkina Faso
6 February – Nelspruit
 Runner-up Group D
Third place
2 February – Port Elizabeth
  Ghana
  Cape Verde
9 February – Port Elizabeth

[edit]Quarterfinals

2 February 2013
17:00
Winner Group B Match 26 Runner-up Group A Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

2 February 2013
20:30
Winner Group A Match 25 Runner-up Group B Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

3 February 2013
17:00
Winner Group D Match 28 Runner-up Group C Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

3 February 2013
20:30
Winner Group C Match 27 Runner-up Group D Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Semifinals

6 February 2013
17:00
Winner Match 25 Match 29 Winner Match 28 Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

6 February 2013
20:30
Winner Match 27 Match 30 Winner Match 26 Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Third place play-off

9 February 2013
20:00
Loser Match 29 Match 31 Loser Match 30 Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

[edit]Final

10 February 2013
20:00
Winner Match 29 Match 32 Winner Match 30 National StadiumJohannesburg

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Africa 3 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
 Angola 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
 Morocco 3 1 1 0 3 3 0 3
 Cape Verde 3 1 2 0 3 2 1 5
19 January 2013
18:00
South Africa  Match 1  Cape Verde National StadiumJohannesburg

19 January 2013
21:00
Angola  Match 2  Morocco National StadiumJohannesburg

23 January 2013
17:00
South Africa  Match 9  Angola Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

23 January 2013
20:00
Morocco  Match 10  Cape Verde Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

27 January 2013
19:00
Morocco  Match 17  South Africa Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

27 January 2013
19:00
Cape Verde  Match 18  Angola Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

[edit]Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 2 1 0 6 2 4 7
 Mali 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Niger 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1
 Congo DR 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
20 January 2013
17:00
Ghana  Match 3  Congo DR Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

20 January 2013
20:00
Mali  Match 4  Niger Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

24 January 2013
17:00
Ghana  Match 11  Mali Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

24 January 2013
20:00
Niger  Match 12  Congo DR Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

28 January 2013
19:00
Niger  Match 19  Ghana Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

28 January 2013
19:00
Congo DR  Match 20  Mali Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

[edit]Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zambia 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Nigeria 3 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
 Burkina Faso 3 1 2 0 4 1 3 5
 Ethiopia 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1
21 January 2013
17:00
Zambia  Match 5  Ethiopia Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

21 January 2013
20:00
Nigeria  Match 6  Burkina Faso Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

25 January 2013
17:00
Zambia  Match 13  Nigeria Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

25 January 2013
20:00
Burkina Faso  Match 14  Ethiopia Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

29 January 2013
19:00
Burkina Faso  Match 21  Zambia Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

29 January 2013
19:00
Ethiopia  Match 22  Nigeria Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

[edit]Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Côte d’Ivoire 3 2 1 0 7 3 4 7
 Tunisia 3 1 1 1 2 4 -2 4
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1
 Togo 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
22 January 2013
17:00
Côte d’Ivoire  Match 7  Togo Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

22 January 2013
20:00
Tunisia  Match 8  Algeria Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

26 January 2013
17:00
Côte d’Ivoire  Match 15  Tunisia Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

26 January 2013
20:00
Algeria  Match 16  Togo Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

30 January 2013
19:00
Algeria  Match 23  Côte d’Ivoire Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

30 January 2013
19:00
Togo  Match 24  Tunisia Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Knockout phase

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
2 February – Durban
 South Africa
6 February – Durban
  Mali
3 February – Rustenburg
  Côte d’Ivoire
10 February – Johannesburg
 Nigeria
3 February – Nelspruit
 Burkina Faso 
6 February – Nelspruit
 Togo 
Third place
2 February – Port Elizabeth
 Ghana 
  Cape Verde
9 February – Port Elizabeth

[edit]Quarterfinals

2 February 2013
17:00
Winner Group B Match 26 Runner-up Group A Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

2 February 2013
20:30
Winner Group A Match 25 Runner-up Group B Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

3 February 2013
17:00
Winner Group D Match 28 Runner-up Group C Royal Bafokeng StadiumRustenburg

3 February 2013
20:30
Winner Group C Match 27 Runner-up Group D Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Semifinals

6 February 2013
17:00
Winner Match 25 Match 29 Winner Match 28 Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban

6 February 2013
20:30
Winner Match 27 Match 30 Winner Match 26 Mbombela StadiumNelspruit

[edit]Third place play-off

9 February 2013
20:00
Loser Match 29 Match 31 Loser Match 30 Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth

[edit]Final

10 February 2013
20:00
Winner Match 29 Match 32 Winner Match 30 National StadiumJohannesburg

[edit]Media

South African public broadcaster SABC will be the host broadcaster of the tournament. They 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.

[edit]Broadcasting

Top Algerian journalist withfg Al Jazeera TV, Laraba 233Mourad, has blasted his compatriot and referee for the game between Nigeria and Burkina Faso, Benouza Mohammed for being less than fair in the handling of the game, alleging that the referee has a history of poor officiating and corruption in Algeria.

“When I saw him at the start of the game I knew that Nigeria was in for trouble and said what the hell is he doing here. A man who has been accused in Algeria of match-fixing and taking bribes to fix games is here to officiate in Africa’s show-piece tournament?. It was really sad and he did not disappoint me at the end of the day. He called on CAF to ensure that they carry out proper scrutiny of referees across the continent before appointing them for major tournaments.

Mourad, who is South Africa to cover the Nations Cup for the top TV station also predicted that with what he saw of the Super Eagles, they can go all the way and win the trophy.

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FIFA World Cup

Nigerian after playing other colonies in unofficial games since the 1930s,Nigeria played its first official game in October 1949.The team played warmup games in England . The team’s first major success was a gold medal in the 2nd All-Africa games, with 3rd place finishes in 1976 and 1978’s African Cup of Nations to follow. In 1980 the team had such players as Leyton Orient‘s John Chiedozie and Tunji Banjo, and the Muda Lawal / Christian Chukwu-led Super Eagles won the Cup for the first time inLagos. In 1984 and 1988, Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing both times to Cameroon. Three of the four African titles won by Cameroon have been won by defeating Nigeria. Missing out to Cameroon on many occasions has created an intense rivalry between both nations. Two notable occasions; narrowly losing out on qualification for 1990 World Cup and then the controversial final of the 2000 African Nations Cup where a goal scored by Victor Ikpebaduring a penalty shoot out was disallowed by the referee

1998 World Cup

In 1998 Nigeria returned to the World Cup alongside Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to its manager Bora Milutinovićand the return of most 1994 squad members. In the final tournament Nigeria were drawn into group D with Spain, Bulgaria, Paraguay. Nigeria scored a major upset by defeating Spain 3–2 after coming back twice from being 1–0 and 2–1 down. The Eagles qualified for the second round with a win against Bulgaria and a loss to Paraguay. The team’s hopes of surpassing its 1994 performance was shattered after a 1–4 loss to Denmark.

2002 & 2006 World Cups

The 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan, saw Nigeria again qualify with optimism. With a new squad and distinctive pastel green kits the Super Eagles were expected to build on its strong performances in the 2000 and 2002 African Cup of Nations. Nigeria were drawn into group F with powerhouses Sweden, Argentina, and England. The first game against Argentina started with a strong defence that kept the first half scoreless. In the 61st minute Gabriel Batistuta breached the Nigerian defense to put Argentina in the lead 1–0 and win the game. Nigeria’s second game against Sweden saw them take the lead but later lose 2–1. Nigeria then drew 0–0 with England and bowed out in the first round.

Nigeria missed out on qualification for the 2006 World Cup after finishing level on points in the qualification group with Angola, but having an inferior record in the matches between the sides.

2010 World Cup

On 14 November 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3–2 in Nairobi.[4]

Nigeria lost its opening match against Argentina 1–0 at Ellis Park Stadium following a Gabriel Heinze header in the 6th minute.[5] In its second game Nigeria led early on by a goal from Kalu Uche. A red card against Sani Kaita gave Greece the advantage. Greece scored the equalizer late in the first half and Nigeria conceded the second goal in the second half and lost the game 2–1. They then drew 2–2 with South Korea with goals from Kalu Uche and Yakubu but failed to qualify for the next round. On 30 June 2010, following its early exit and poor showing, the President of NigeriaGoodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team from international competition for two years.[6] This suspension put the team at risk of being banned from international football by FIFA for reasons of

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