Kind Afcon draw for Bafana

2012-10-24 20:59

The South Africans have avoided nemesis Nigeria in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
With two balls remaining in the pot, almost all the delegates at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre paused for a moment when Bafana Bafana were drawn against Angola instead of their nemesis, Nigeria, tonight.

Bafana will kick off their campaign against newcomers Cape Verde on January 19 at the FNB Stadium. They will take on Angola four days later in Durban before wrapping it up against Morocco on January 27, also in Durban.

It could have been worse for Bafana as they avoided the West Africans who were surely going to give them a tough competition.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was seen smiling from ear to ear after the draw, knowing his mandate of reaching the semifinals of the tournament is achievable.

But he would be advised not to take his opponents lightly, especially Cape Verde who pulled a shock in the qualifiers by eliminating former champions Cameroon.

Bafana drew against Angola in the 2008 edition in Ghana and this should be their toughest match.

Igesund should also be worried about playing the North Africans as Bafana always struggle against countries from there.

Elsewhere defending champions Zambia have Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in their group, which will be played in Nelspruit.

Tournament favourites Ivory Coast have been drawn in what is regarded as a group of death against Tunisia, Algeria and Togo.

Next year’s tournament might be the last for the likes of Didier Drogba and Kolo Toure to win the Nations Cup as they approach the end of their international careers.

Group: A (Durban): SA, Angola, Morocco, Cape Verde
Group B: (Port Elizabeth): Ghana, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo
Group C (Nelspruit): Zambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia
Group D: (Rustenburg): Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria, Togo

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