AFCON 2013 in colourful quotes
Monday, January 21, 2013 (14:25)
Chris Katongo © Backpagepix
Chris Katongo © Backpagepix

AFCON 2013 is in full swing! There has been flamboyance and skill on the field, colour and imagination in the stands and some entertaining comments off the pitch. selects some of the best quotes to come out of the press conferences so far:

Chris Katongo - Zambia captain and former Jomo Cosmos striker

“I think as a footballer we have tasted the sweet, and now it’s time to try and taste it again. We know what the Africa Cup can do in our lives, so the experience of winning the tournament is a huge motivation for us to defend it because it has changed some individual lives in terms of football.”

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw

“People living in Addis and the whole of Ethiopia, they were very happy [with qualification]. Here also in Nelspruit we have met some Ethiopians who were very happy and we are working hard to keep that happiness. Now after 31 years we have got one history. That’s enough for me. You can not do two or three histories at a time.”

Claude Le Roy on DRC’s comeback 2-2 draw with Ghana in Port Elizabeth

“I am happy with the way we never lost our heads and confidence. This was a great game for Africa. It shows that it is possible to give a better image of African football as the two teams did today.”

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo ahead of the west African derby with Burkina Faso

“If we do not win [the tournament] it its not the end of the world, I just want to make sure we give a good account of ourselves. To be candid with you this is the best squad I have been in so far. Of course we are human beings and mistakes are made, but the players realise its not all about ourselves, its for the country.”

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put on the derby with Nigeria

“The battle will be on the field and not behind the desk, we are going to fight on the pitch. Nothing is predictable, football is football,” Put concluded.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

"I have learnt a lot of lessons from it and you know normally when you are leading by two goals you have to go all out, you don't need to relax along the line,"

Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela

“Everything is not lost and hopefully for the next game there will be a positive result. We have to beat Angola. That is now a must win game for us.”

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund