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2013 Africa Cup of Nations Team Profiles

Sixteen teams will be aiming to become continental champions at the end of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Afcon trophy and official ball
The 2013 Afcon takes place from 19 January to February 10, and it is to be held in the 2010 World Cup host nation, South Africa.

History will be written on February 10 at Soccer City in Johannesburg, as the 29th Africa Cup of Nations comes to a climax and a winner is crowned.

Goal.com introduces you to the 16 teams that will be taking part in this highly-anticipated competition. Here we profile the teams that will be vying for the Afcon title.

2013 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS TEAM PROFILES

GROUP A
  South Africa
  Angola
  Morocco
  Cape Verde
GROUP B
  Ghana
Mali
  Niger
  DR Congo
GROUP C
  Zambia
  Nigeria
  Burkina Faso
  Ethiopia
GROUP D
  Cote d'Ivoire
  Tunisia
  Algeria
  Togo


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11:57 GMT
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11:49 GMT
From Jonathan Akpoborie, former Nigeria international: "Yes I will say that it is a good draw for Nigeria. We have the team and players to beat Ethiopia, home and away. Our boys are presently playing very well," Akpoborie told Goal.

"I want to say we should be careful against the Ethiopians. They may not have the quality of our players, but we should not underrate them in anyway.

"We should take it easy. Prepare hard. Play hard and get the result from the first game in Addis Ababa. We should respect them and give them their due.

"We have the advantage and we must use it well," Akpoborie sounded off.
11:44 GMT
Former Nigeria coach Christian Chukwu just told Goal:"It's a good fixture for us. Our preparation has been going on well and we should continue until we get to Brazil. We need to add one or two friendlies with countries that altitude like Ethiopia. Kenya has the same climate, so it could be good."
11:20 GMT
On Twitter fans are engaged with discussions about the draw and here's one to our sister edition's handle: Oham precious (@greatman50): "@GoalcomNigeria we are already through to #braziln.go african champions"
11:17 GMT
Ghana and Esperance defender Harrison Afful to Happy FM: I trust our players will do well and we’ll qualify. We should not underrate the Egyptians. Every team that meets Ghana plays differently so we should not underrate them at all. We need the early goals and that should be in our first game else they will frustrate us. We have done our homework well and I’m very sure our toil will pay off as we face Egypt.
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