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Monday 21 January 2013

Africa Cup of Nations prepares for take-off

Find out all about the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, featuring 15 Barclays Premier League players

  • West Ham's Modibo Maiga (left) will be hoping to lead the line for Mali at the ACON

  • Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor has come out of international retirement to captain Togo

  • Zambian Emmanuel Mayuka of Southampton is hoping to defend the trophy he won last year

  • Chelsea pair Victor Moses (left) and John Obi Mikel will be in action for Nigeria

  • Samba Diakite made his international bow for Mali at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

  • Wigan must make do without their Ivorian international striker Arouna Kone (left)

  • Arsenal forward Gervinho is another Ivory Coast international away in South Africa

  • Yaya Toure (left) is a big miss for Manchester City as he flies the flag for the Elephants

  • Yaya's brother and Man City team-mate Kolo is also in action for Ivory Coast

  • Cheick Tiote (right) is abent from Newcastle's midfield as he does battle for Ivory Coast

  • Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi has answered the call of Morocco this month

  • Youssouf Mulumbu (left) of West Bromwich Albion is away with DR Congo

  • Abdul Razak is the third Ivorian on Manchester City's books on international duty

  • Karim El Ahmadi (right) will be unavailable for Aston Villa as he represents Morocco

Fifteen players from the Barclays Premier League will be representing their countries at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Sixteen of Africa’s leading footballing nations will be at five venues in South Africa in a tournament that runs from 19 January to 10 February.

In Group A, Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi will line up for Morocco as they look to progress past Angola, Cape Verde Islands and a South Africa squad without Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, who has retired from international duty.

West Bromwich Albion’s Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will take on Queens Park RangersSamba Diakite, of Mali, and West Ham United forward Modibo Maiga in Group B. Those two sides will also encounter powerhouses Ghana and minnows Niger, who have yet to progress beyond the group stages in the tournament.

Defending champions Zambia will have Southampton forward Emmanuel Mayuka, who moved to the South Coast after impressing for the Chipolopolo in the 2012 tournament. In Group C, the 22-year-old striker will face the Chelsea pair of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, of Nigeria, as well as Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

The final group has five Barclays Premier League players competing for qualification for the knockout stage. Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has come out of international retirement, will lead the line for Togo against Ivory Coast, who boast six Premier League players in their number.

Ivorian six

Newcastle United’s combative midfielder Cheick Tiote and Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone are joined by the Manchester City trio of Yaya Toure, his brother Kolo, and Abdul Razak as well as Arsenal forward Gervinho. Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is also looking forward to reacquainting himself with some of his former English top-flight adversaries. Algeria and Tunisia complete Group D.

The group stage will be played between 19 and 30 January, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the quarter-finals. The semi-finals will take place on Wednesday 6 February, the third-place play-off occurs three days later and the final is on 10 February.

Africa Cup of Nations groups

Group A
Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Morocco, South Africa.

Group B
DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Niger.

Group C
Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Zambia.

Group D
Algeria, Ivory Coast, Togo, Tunisia.

Fixtures

Saturday 19 January
South Africa v Cape Verde Islands; Angola v Morocco

Sunday 20 January
Ghana v Congo DR; Mali v Niger

Monday 21 January
Zambia v Ethiopia; Nigeria v Burkina Faso

Tuesday 22 January
Ivory Coast v Togo; Tunisia v Algeria

Wednesday 23 January
South Africa v Angola; Morocco v Cape Verde Islands

Thursday 24 January
Ghana v Mali; Niger v DR Congo

Friday 25 January
Zambia v Nigeria; Burkina Faso v Ethiopia

Saturday 26 January
Ivory Coast v Tunisia; Algeria v Togo

Sunday 27 January
Cape Verde Islands v Angola; Morocco v South Africa

Monday 28 January
DR Congo v Mali; Niger v Ghana

Tuesday 29 January
Burkina Faso v Zambia; Ethiopia v Nigeria

Wednesday 30 January
Algeria v Ivory Coast; Togo v Tunisia

Saturday 2 February
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A; Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B

Sunday 3 February
Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C; Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D

Wednesday 6 February
Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 2; Winner QF1 v Winner QF4

Saturday 9 February
Loser SF1 v Loser SF2

Sunday 10 February
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

Premier League representatives

Premier League call-ups

 

 

Name

Club

Position

Country

Yao Gervinho

Arsenal

Striker

Ivory Coast

Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa

Midfielder

Morocco

John Obi Mikel

Chelsea

Midfielder

Nigeria

Victor Moses

Chelsea

Midfielder

Nigeria

Oussama Assaidi

Liverpool

Midfielder

Morocco

Kolo Toure

Manchester City

Defender

Ivory Coast

Abdul Razak

Manchester City

Midfielder

Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure

Manchester City

Midfielder

Ivory Coast

Cheick Tiote

Newcastle United

Midfielder

Ivory Coast

Samba Diakite

Queens Park Rangers

Midfielder

Mali

Emmanuel Mayuka

Southampton

Striker

Zambia

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur

Striker

Togo

Youssouf Mulumbu

West Bromwich Albion

Midfielder

DR Congo

Modibo Maiga

West Ham United

Striker

Mali

Arouna Kone

Wigan Athletic

Striker

Ivory Coast

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Key Points

  • Africa Cup of Nations gets under way on Saturday
  • Fifteen Barclays Premier League players will be involved
  • Players stand to miss up to six Barclays Premier League fixtures