South Africa vs. Angola: Africa Cup of Nations Preview, Team News, Starting XIs

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South Africa vs. Angola: Africa Cup of Nations Preview, Team News, Starting XIs
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South Africa will attempt to kick their 2013 African Cup of Nations campaign off a second time when they face Angola on Wednesday.

The Bafana looked a bag of nerves as they drew 0-0 in their opener against Cape Verde, while Angola didn't fair much better but should be commended for holding Morocco scoreless.

Group A is finely poised as everyone has a point apiece with no goals to show for their efforts, so round two of fixtures is sure to have a telling impact on the final standing.

 

Group: Group A, first game

When: 23 January, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

 

Latest News: South Africa

Manager Gordon Igesund understands the fan's disappointment with the dire opening game on Saturday but attributed the poor performance to nerves.

Meanwhile, speaking to Super Sport, 50-cap striker Katelgo Mphela has vowed to end his country's goal drought:

Statistically you know I've played in these tournaments before and I'm the most experienced striker in this team, so I think I can be the difference.

Obviously we didn't play well in our first game, we want to do well in our second one.

Hopefully I'll get some goals for the team to get through to the next round.

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Latest News: Angola

Angola have no fresh injury concerns to deal with as the squad travel to Durban, and Mark Gleeson of AllAfrica.com believes they will serve up South Africa's toughest Group Stage test:

Angola are an even tougher opponent who also drew their opening match but looked the best of the four Group A sides on the evidence of the first day’s display.

Striker Guilherme Afonso and Manucho both missed a series of gilt-edged chances as Angola put on a strong display in the second half, proving a hard-running and enterprising team with a tough physical approach that will prove tricky for Bafana Bafana to deal with.

South Africa know a loss will likely result in elimination, so the pressure will be on them to string some passes together and create opportunities.

Angola will be looking to take advantage of that and pressure them early on.

 

Key Players:

Igesund lamented the "panic" that settled upon his Bafana team in the first game and suggested the quick balls into the strikers wasted 45 precious minutes.

He wants his team to play through the midfield from the start and the return of Dean Furman to the centre seems as good a chance as any get the ball on the deck and starting using it.

Angola will want to repeat the performance they managed against Morocco while adding a prolific tinge up front. Manucho remains their best bet of making something happen.

 

Prediction:

There's going to be a goal or two this time, but I can't seperate them. 1-1

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