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Thursday 24 January 2013

ACON: Assaidi and El Ahmadi spared Cape Verde shock

A review of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals matches from Wednesday

  • Cape Verde Islands scorer Platini is tracked by Liverpool and Morocco's Oussama Assaidi

  • South Africa's Bernard Parker dribbles his way through Angola's midfield

South Africa got their Africa Cup of Nations campaign on track with their victory of the tournament against Angola, while Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool winger Assaidi Oussama had to make do with a draw as Morocco were pegged back by the Cape Verde Islands.

South Africa 2-0 Angola

The tournament hosts took the lead on the half-hour mark through centre-back Siyabonga Sangweni, who volleyed in Bafana Bafana's first goal of the tournament at the far post, before Lehlohonolo Majoro added a second from a tight angle in the second half. The win took Gordon Igesund’s charges clear at the Group A summit by two points from Cape Verde Islands and Morocco, who drew in Durban.

Morocco 1-1 Cape Verde

Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi again featured from the start but found themselves behind on 35 minutes when Platini produced Cape Verde's first-ever Nations Cup goal with a deft chip. Half-time substitute Youssef El-Arabi came to the North African outfit’s rescue with a 78th-minute equaliser.

Diakite takes on Black Stars

More Barclays Premier League players will be in action today as Ghana take on Group B leaders Mali, for whom Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakite and West Ham United striker Modibo Maiga will hope to make an impact. Meanwhile, Youssouf Mulumbu, of West Bromwich Albion, will be aiming to steer DR Congo to their first victory of the campaign against Niger.

Results

Saturday 19 January
Group A

South Africa 0-0 Cape Verde Islands
Angola 0-0 Morocco

Sunday 20 January
Group B

Ghana 2-2 Congo DR
Mali 1-0 Niger

Monday 21 January
Group C

Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia
Nigeria 1-1 Burkina Faso

Tuesday 22 January
Group D

Ivory Coast 2-1 Togo
Tunisia 1-0 Algeria

Wednesday 23 January
Group A

South Africa 2-0 Angola
Morocco 1-1 Cape Verde Islands

Imminent Fixtures

Thursday 24 January
Group B
Ghana v Mali
Niger v DR Congo

Friday 25 January
Group C

Zambia v Nigeria
Burkina Faso v Ethiopia

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Key Points

  • Youssef El-Arabi earns Morocco draw against Cape Verde Islands
  • Aston Villa's Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi feature in 1-1 draw
  • Samba Diakite and Modibo Maiga hoping to play for Mali against Ghana