A Ghanaian fan watches their match against Cape Verde at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Picture: Reuters
A Ghanaian fan watches their match against Cape Verde at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Picture: Reuters
Ghana's John Boye (right) goes up against Cape Verde's Julio Tavares (left). Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.
Ghana's John Boye (right) goes up against Cape Verde's Julio Tavares (left). Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.
Ghana's Isaac Vorsah (15) and Cape Verde's Julio Tavares (11) go up for the header.  Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Ghana's Isaac Vorsah (15) and Cape Verde's Julio Tavares (11) go up for the header. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Cape Verde's Heldon (centre) vents his frustration after losing to Ghana. Christian Atsu of Ghana (right) tried to console the young player. Picture: Reuters
Cape Verde's Heldon (centre) vents his frustration after losing to Ghana. Christian Atsu of Ghana (right) tried to console the young player. Picture: Reuters
Ghana's players celebrate Mubarak Wakaso's second goal against Cape Verde. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Ghana's players celebrate Mubarak Wakaso's second goal against Cape Verde. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Mali soccer fans cheer during their African Cup of Nations quarter-final against South Africa. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward.
Mali soccer fans cheer during their African Cup of Nations quarter-final against South Africa. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward.
South Africa's Tokelo Rantie (centre) takes on Mali's Adama Tamboura (left) and Adama Coulibaly (right). Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
South Africa's Tokelo Rantie (centre) takes on Mali's Adama Tamboura (left) and Adama Coulibaly (right). Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
South Africa's May Mahlangu (left) challenges Mali's Seydou Keita. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
South Africa's May Mahlangu (left) challenges Mali's Seydou Keita. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund shouts instructions to his players. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund shouts instructions to his players. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Bafana Bafana celebrate Tokelo Rantie goal against Mali. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Bafana Bafana celebrate Tokelo Rantie goal against Mali. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Mali's captain Seydou Keita (left) scores past South Africa's goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Mali's captain Seydou Keita (left) scores past South Africa's goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo (left) contests a call by the referee. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo (left) contests a call by the referee. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Mali celebrates following after beating South Africa in penalty shootout.  Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Mali celebrates following after beating South Africa in penalty shootout. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Mali's goalkeeper Soumbeyla Diakite (centre) is congratulated by teammates after saving two penalties in the shootout against South Africa. REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Mali's goalkeeper Soumbeyla Diakite (centre) is congratulated by teammates after saving two penalties in the shootout against South Africa. REUTERS/Rogan Ward
A South African soccer fan looks on after her team's defeat to Mali. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
A South African soccer fan looks on after her team's defeat to Mali. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba challenges Nigeria's John Obi Mikel during their African Nations Cup quarter-final in Rustenburg. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba challenges Nigeria's John Obi Mikel during their African Nations Cup quarter-final in Rustenburg. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike celebrates scoring against Ivory Coast in their African Nations Cup quarter-final  match. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike celebrates scoring against Ivory Coast in their African Nations Cup quarter-final match. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Nigeria's Godfrey Oboabona celebrates after his side knocked Ivory Coast out of the African Cup of Nations. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Nigeria's Godfrey Oboabona celebrates after his side knocked Ivory Coast out of the African Cup of Nations. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
South African fans filled the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the Afcon quarter-final against Mali. In the end, they left the stadium disappointed.  Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward
South African fans filled the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the Afcon quarter-final against Mali. In the end, they left the stadium disappointed. Picture: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

The quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations saw tears of happiness and sadness as host South Africa and continental giants Ivory Coast bowed out.

The fans were as colourful as ever and turned out in numbers to support their teams.