FOOTBALL: ITV4 to screen 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

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ITV4 will broadcast an unprecedented 20 live matches free-to-air from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

In all, 12 group matches and every game from the knockout stages – four quarter finals, both semi finals, the third-place play-off and the final -will be shown on the channel, adding up to more free-to-air terrestrial coverage of the tournament than ever before.

The 29th edition of Africa’s premier international competition kicks off with the game between hosts South Africa and Cape Verde on January 19th at Soccer City, Johannesburg, with the final also due to be played at there on February 10.

Matt Smith will present ITV4’s extensive coverage of the tournament.

Providing expert analysis in the studio will be former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, former Nigeria striker Kanu and South African player Quinton Fortune for live coverage.

In addition to the screening of live games on ITV4, coverage throughout the tournament will also be simulcast on itv.com/football.

Confirmation of the 12 live ITV4 games in the group stages will be confirmed closer to the tournament.

“I’m really excited this tournament is being given such extensive coverage by ITV4,” Smith told ITV Sport.

“Just look at the top players from English clubs who take part – that shows the cup is increasingly important in world football.”

Niall Sloane, ITV’s Director of Sport said: “The Africa Cup of Nations is a major football event with an ever-growing following in the UK.

“I’m delighted that we’ll be offering viewers more free-to-air live coverage then ever before throughout the tournament on ITV4.”

ITV4 covered 2012 African Cup of Nations tournament held in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea, where the channel screened selected live games and nightly highlights.

British Eurosport will also have extensive coverage of the tournament, featuring every match live across its two channels and regular highlights programmes.

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