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World Cup Africa (Soccer) is now taking place in South Africa, January 19 to February 10, 2013
2013 African World Cup Now Taking Place in South Africa
The 2013 African World Cup is now taking place in South Africa - specifically in the stadiums of Johannesburg (FNB Stadium), Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium), Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium), Nelspruit (Mbombela Stadium) and Rustenberg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium).
This will be the 29th African Cup of Nations. Forty-seven countries entered the qualification. South Sudan was not able to enter as the qualifying competition had already started before South Sudan had their membership in the CAF (Confederation of African Football) confirmed.
The winner of the tournament qualifies for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Many of the games will be broadcast in the US by ESPN. When I learn of internet possibilites for the games, I will include them here.
Official songs, runners-up and Opening Ceremonies
The Official World cup song for 2013 follows.
Making of world cup song
The making of the above song, which is detailed below, was difficult because of the different languages involved and the different countries.
Official opening ceremony
In my point of view, the opening ceremony was very well done. It wasn't carried out with the technical expertise of the Olympics in London last year, but it was much more down to earth.
Here is the 2010 World Cup Song
The 2010 World Cup Song is below:
Other 2013 World Cup songs submitted for the competition:
Many other entries were submitted. The one below is from Morrocco. As I find other countries entries posted online, I will post them here. I think it's important to play music from the rest of the world, which is a rare experience on the airwaves in Lawrence.
The Moroccan entry:
If other Africans are following the World Cup, please don't hesitate to give your comments below, and the your name and country.