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Previewing AFCON 2013


The big dance is upon us once again and Africa’s best football teams are set to vie for the AFCON Trophy which is the most prestigious of all sports trophies on the continent. The usual suspects and perennial powerhouses have football pundits forecasting and heatedly de- bating each other on the possible outcome of the tournament in South Africa. Are the Elephants of Ivory Coast the team to beat again this year? The preparations are almost over with and it is time for Africa to take center stage in the football world and indeed all eyes will be on the tournament which will be hosted in South Africa, home of the first ever FIFA World Cup on African soil. Who are the powerhouses in this year’s tournament and who is likely to take it all this time around, that is the question that fans and football experts are debating and wrangling over. Remember regardless of all the forecasting done, the last time around, Zambia a non-factor came out of nowhere to grab it all in a very unlikely series of upsets, knocking off powerhouse after power- house till Christopher Katongo captain of the Chipopolo boys who was crowned the AFCON player of the tournament hoisted the much coveted trophy to the dismay and amazement of the star packed Elephants of the Ivory Coast. However to be realistic, the Ivory Coast with all its star power and having been embarrassed the last time around by the Zambians are still head and shoulders above the rest of Africa and it is still their trophy to lose in South Africa. Coming in a close second to them are the Desert Foxes of North Af- rica Algeria, who might just walk through its group all the way to the top and hoist the trophy but de


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