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South Africa kick off with stalemate against Cape Verde

updated 7:24 PM EST, Sat January 19, 2013
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Cape Verde.
Fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Cape Verde.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations get underway in South Africa
  • Hosts play out goalless draw against debutants Cape Verde
  • Other match in Group A between Angola and Morocco also finishes 0-0

(CNN) -- There was plenty of color on show at the first day of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, but sadly no goals as the tournament kicked off in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The opening two games in Group A saw the hosts play debutants Cape Verde while Angola took on Morocco.

Africa gears up for football feast
Zambia Cup victory unites country

Cape Verde's 'Special One'

Both matches ended in stalemate with all four teams level with one point each.

Ghana and DR Congo kick-off the action in Group B in Port Elizabeth on Sunday while Mali take on Niger.

Reigning champions Zambia begin the defense of their title against Ethiopia on January 21.

Ethiopia's amazing soccer journey

The Copper Bullets beat tournament favorites Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Libreville, Gabon last February.

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