Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Predicting Winners from Every Group in South Africa

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 23, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 23:  Youssef el Arabi of Morocco celebrates his goal during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Morocco and Cape Verde Islands from Moses Mabhida Stadium on January 23, 2012 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The best of Africa are currently battling it out in South Africa at the 2013 African Cup of Nations to see who is the best footballing country on the continent.

Players from around the globe have taken time off from their domestic duties to take part in the international tournament that always attracts a great following.

The tournament is arguably the signature piece in the statement for African football, and so far, the competition has not failed to deliver on that promise.

Most groups have played just the one round of matches, with Group A into their second round of fixtures. The top two from every group after six matches progress through to the knockout stages of the tournament whilst the others are eliminated.

So who will be eliminated in the group stages and who will progress through to the knockout rounds at the 2013 African Cup of Nations?

Read on to find the winners from every group at AFCON 2013.


Group A: Morocco

Having played two of their six fixtures, Group A is very evenly poised at the moment with hosts South Africa currently leading on four points.

They are undefeated through the group stages, but next face a difficult encounter against Morocco, who fought back well to pick up a point against Cape Verde, who have been arguably the biggest surprise of the tournament.

You'd have to think that the teams to progress will come from those three mentioned, with fourth-place Angola yet to even score a goal in the tournament.

Morocco will edge this one just from the hosts South Africa, with the next fixture in this group between the two as the telling result for the competition.

If the Lions of the Atlas can chalk up a win there, they should be in a great position to book their place in the final stages of the competition.

Predicted runner-up: South Africa


Group B: Ghana

 Ghana were one of the favorites for the tournament coming into this and started off their campaign with a 2-2 draw against the Republic of the Congo.

The Black Stars led an early two-goal lead in that match and will be desperate to avoid the same thing happening again when they take on Mali in their next match, who currently lead the group following their 1-0 win over Niger.

Niger do have some great attacking talent on hand at AFCON this year and have the potential to really make some waves in this group. Their match against the Congo will be a telling sign as to whether they are indeed the real deal this year or not.

However, Ghana are the clear favorites to win this group and will surely do so once they shore up their defense and get their attacking moving once more.

The three remaining teams will likely battle it out for the final spot, with the early win that Mali has over Niger proving to be the difference here for the Eagles.

Predicted runner-up: Mali


Group C: Nigeria

Featuring the likes of John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses in midfield, it's hard to go past Nigeria here as the team most likely to win through from Group C.

They are a wonderful side to watch in attack and have the ability to counterattack wonderfully on their opponents and were terribly unlucky not to win their opening match. Alain Traore scored in the final second of play to earn a 1-1 draw for Burkina Faso and keep the group standings tight.

Zambia are perhaps the next most likely team to win through here, but they too will recognize the importance of getting early results. They shouldn't have dropped points to minnows Ethiopia, but should turn that around with a strong run home to finish in second place in the group.

Predicted runner-up: Zambia


Group D: Ivory Coast

With Gervinho's wonderful injury-time finish to give Ivory Coast the three points against Togo in their opening game, you'd have to think that they'll be incredibly hard to run down from here.

The Ivory Coast are a great team and one of the favorites for the title, and now with a lead in their group, will be very hard to knock off the top spot.

Tunisia, Algeria and Togo will all battle it out for the other spot in this group, with all three capable of moving through to the knockout rounds.

Tunisia's early win over Algeria will prove to be the difference, however, as will their tough defense throughout the remainder of the group stages.

Predicted runner-up: Tunisia


Who can you see winning the groups here at AFCON 2013?

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