President Jacob Zuma has been honoured with the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations silver plate. Local Organising Committee spokesperson Sipho Sithole says it’s a gesture of appreciation for displaying good co-operation and support for the 2013 Afcon tournament currently underway in South Africa.
Sithole says President Zuma has been honoured along with the committee’s CEO Mvuzo Mbebe, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou. Others who have been honoured are president of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani, and general-secretary of the Confederation of African Football Hicham El Amrani.
“The prestigious awards were presented to them at the end of the official Afcon opening match between South Africa and Cape Verde held at the National Stadium in Johannesburg where the two nations played to a goalless draw.”
Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) yesterday said security in Port Elizabeth needed to be bolstered for the remainder of the tournament.
The continental body’s disciplinary board filed a warning to DR Congo after two Congolese fans ran onto the pitch at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in their Group B clash against Ghana on Sunday.
Ethiopia’s supporters at Mbombela Stadium allegedly threw plastic bottles and vuvuzelas on the field and the East African team was fined $10 000
“At the 55th minute, a Congolese spectator managed to enter the field of play,” Caf said in a statement.
“The same incident was repeated at the 65th minute when another Congolese fan entered and ran in the field of play.
“The board decided to address a warning letter to the local organising committee advising them that they need to reinforce the security in Port Elizabeth.”
The match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Caf also suspended Ethiopian goalkeeper Jemal Tassew for two matches.
Tassew was sent off for a tackle on Chisamba Lungu in the 31st minute of his team’s 1-1 draw in their Group C match against Afcon title holders Zambia in Nelspruit on Monday.
Ethiopia’s supporters at Mbombela Stadium allegedly threw plastic bottles and vuvuzelas on the field and the East African team was fined $10 000, half of which was suspended until the end of the tournament.