Drab start to African Nations Cup

  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 21:46 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the African Nations Cup, with South Africa held in their opening game.

South Africa and Cape Verde drew 0-0
South Africa and Cape Verde drew 0-0

South Africa began their African Nations Cup campaign in disappointing fashion as Cape Verde Islands came closest to scoring in a 0-0 draw at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

The hosts were disappointing against a side who had defeated Cameroon 3-2 on aggregate to reach the finals.

Luis Platini had the best chance of the first half of the Group A encounter for the Blue Sharks, who then saw Helton denied after the break by South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Angola and Morocco also played out a goalless stalemate to cap a disappointing opening day's action.

It was a similarly uninspiring contest in Johannesburg, although Angola and Morocco at least showed a little more enterprise.

Former Manchester United striker Manucho might have secured Angola all the points to take them top of Group A, but his header from an inviting cross flashed just wide in the dying moments.

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