2013 Africa Cup of Nations

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. 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. 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.

Host selection

Bids :
Rejected Bids :
On 4 September 2006, the Confederation of African Football 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.

Libyan withdrawal

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.


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. 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.

Qualified nations

CountryQualified asQualification datePrevious appearances in tournament
00Hosts0028 September 2011
00Winner against Malawi0113 October 201218
00Winner against Botswana0113 October 2012
00Winner against Uganda0113 October 201215
00Winner against Liberia0113 October 201216
00Winner against Sierra Leone0113 October 201215
00Winner against Senegal0113 October 201219
00Winner against Mozambique0113 October 201214
00Winner against Sudan0214 October 2012
00Winner against Cameroon0214 October 20120
00Winner against Zimbabwe0214 October 2012
00Winner against Guinea0214 October 2012
00Winner against Gabon0214 October 2012
00Winner against Equatorial Guinea0214 October 201215
00Winner against Central African Rep.0214 October 2012
00Winner against Libya0214 October 201214


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 to.

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 and Motswako.


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 and holders 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.
ClassificationPoints awarded
Losing semi-finalists3
Losing quarter-finalists2
Eliminated in 1st round1

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 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4

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.
Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advanced to the [|quarterfinals]

All times South African Standard Time

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Knockout phase

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played 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.





Third place play-off


Player awards

The following awards were given for the tournament:
;Orange Player of the Tournament
;Pepsi Tournament Top Scorer
Player nameGames playedGoals scoredAssistsMinutes playedSource
Emmanuel Emenike543403
Wakaso Mubarak54 0396

;Samsung Fair Player of the Tournament
;Nissan Goal of the tournament
;Team of the Tournament
Vincent Enyeama Bakary Koné
Siaka Tiéné
Efe Ambrose
Jonathan Pitroipa
Seydou Keita
John Obi Mikel
Victor Moses
Asamoah Gyan
Emmanuel Emenike


;4 goals
;3 goals
;2 goals
;1 goal
;Own goals



Standard Bank


South African public broadcaster SABC was the host broadcaster of the tournament. It paid R65 million for the rights, which entitle it to transmit all of the games across its radio and television platforms.