After progressing to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations top of their group, South Africa's resolve and talent was put to the test by Mali in Durban on Saturday evening. Bafana Bafana gave their all, but it wasn't quite enough as the Eagles advanced to the semi-finals.
Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium is sold out for Saturday's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals clash between hosts South Africa and Mali. The Eagles are ranked third on the African continent, but Bafana's players are quietly confident ahead of the clash.
Togo qualified for an Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal for the first time ever after playing to a 1-1 draw with Tunisia in Nelspruit on Wednesday to finish second in Group D behind Cote d'Ivoire - who came back from two goals down to draw with Algeria in Rustenburg.
Defending champions Zambia exited the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after playing to a goalless draw against Burkina Faso in a Group C clash in Nelspruit on Tuesday night. Nigeria slotted two penalties to beat Ethiopia 2-0 in Rustenburg, securing a spot in the quarterfinals alongside the Burkinabe.
Ghana and Mali progressed from Group B to the knockout stages of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday. While Ghana made it look easy against Niger, Mali had to battle for a draw with the DRC that booked them a quarterfinal date with Bafana Bafana.
South Africa secured a place in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after playing to a dramatic 2-2 draw with Morocco in Durban on Sunday night. In Port Elizabeth, Cape Verde came back from a goal down to defeat Angola 2-1 and progress to the last eight in their first Afcon tournament.
Ghana beat Mali 1-0 in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. In the other group game, Niger claimed its first ever Afcon points with a goalless draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bafana Bafana gave the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations the lift it desperately needed when the tournament hosts deservedly beat Angola 2-0 in a Group A clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday evening.
Cote d'Ivoire and Tunisia snatched wins in Group D as the first round of group stage matches in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations was completed on Tuesday. While they won, both teams were pushed all the way by Togo and Algeria respectively.
Champions Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia despite the Wayla Antelopes having goalkeeper Jemal Tassew sent off in the first half of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations clash at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Monday.