Afcon's glittering opening ceremony

Scroll through the gallery to see Afcon's glitteri
Scroll through the gallery to see Afcon's glittering opening ceremony

The Africa Cup of Nations ceremony seemingly made the continent proud and here are some of the best pictures in case you missed it. Check it out!

What happened?

The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde on Sunday with thousands of fans enjoying a tremendous and exciting opening ceremony. 

There were fireworks, traditional attire and an eccentric performance by Congolese singer Fally Ipupa to make for an eventful opening to the tournament that many tried to stop from taking place, including the European club association.  

The ceremony took place in the newly inaugurated Olembe Stadium, which had at least 40 000 fans in attendance and hundreds of dancers exhibiting Cameroon’s passion for the arts.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see Afcon's glittering opening ceremony

Motsepe has his say

Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe gave a speech where he welcomed all the teams participating and wished them good luck for the rest of the tournament. 

"We must send a message because we want to work with Europe, we want to work together with football.

"We want to develop football in Africa but we also want to send a message to the 54 countries that CAF can host a successful tournament. It's gonna be the best that's ever taken place."

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“We want to inspire all the people in Africa, we must believe. 

“Today, today shows that we believe. Today by all of us being here, it shows we believe in ourselves, we believe in the people of Cameroon. Thank you very much."  

There was also a bit of Kasi flava at the ceremony as many people of all ages blew their vuvuzelas to cheer on their team.

Did you know?

Three teams won the title in their AFCON debut: Egypt (1957), Ghana (1963) and South Africa (1996).

Your thoughts, please?

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