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African Cup of Nations 2013 Preview

Less than twelve months after Zambia picked up the trophy for the first time, the African Cup of Nations is back, kicking off on 19th January at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Despite limited Premier League interest (there are just 20 players who could possibly play in the tournament) the African Cup of Nations has been growing in popularity in the UK, and with an unprecedented 20 live matches being shown on ITV4 and simulcast on - all of which you can watch with a UK VPN - the 2013 tournament promises to be bigger than ever.

The opening game sees hosts South Africa take on tournament debutants Cape Verde, with Angola taking on Morocco in the second Group A game, but it is Group D that offers the most compelling ties.

Featuring the two highest FIFA ranked nations in the competition in Ivory Coast and Algeria, Group D has already been labelled as this tournaments 'Group of Death' by many, and the Ivory Coast especially is littered with top football talent. With Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Arsenal forward Gervinho and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba last year's runners-up will be a force to be reckoned with, and they will be hoping to make up for the surprise defeat to underdogs Zambia in the 2012 final.

Another team to watch this year will be Ghana having gone unbeaten since June and with only one defeat in their last six, and the Black Stars will want to make amends for the disappointment of finishing fourth last year.

However, no matter how much you study the form guide and analyse the line-ups, last year proved that when it comes to the African Cup of Nations, nothing is certain. So make sure that you tune in to ITV4 or via the ITV Player for a sumptuous feast of football.