African Cup

Govt happy with AFCON start

Johannesburg - Sports minister Fikile MbalulaJohannesburg – Sports minister Fikile Mbalula says the government is pleased with opening of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday.

"The smooth and seamless operations by our people is much appreciated, a recorded amount of 70 220 spectators attended the opening ceremony and games," Mbalula said in a statement on Sunday.

"The rainy conditions that took over our country yesterday (Saturday) ahead of the continental showpiece under the banner of the Africa Nations Cup South Africa 2013 did not deter football loving Africans to watch the glamorous opening ceremony and the beautiful game of football at the National Stadium."

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