Thursday, October 25, 2012

2013 Africa Cup of Nations draw: Ethiopia to meet Burkina Faso, Nigeria face Zambia

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final competition draw took place at the Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa on Wednesday night, with the 16 countries qualified for the tournament discovering who their opponents will be.

The 16 teams were divided into four pots ahead of the draw. Pot A contained the seeded teams which included hosts South Africa, defending champions Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. In Pot B Tunisia, Nigeria and Mali were joined by Angola.

North Africans Morocco and Algeria formed the base of Pot C, adding Niger and Burkina Faso to their section, leaving Togo, Cape Verde, DR Congo and east African hopefuls Ethiopia in the final Pot.

As host nation, South Africa qualified automatically as a top seed in Group A, and they were joined by minnows Cape Verde, north African giants Morocco and Angola.

On paper, it would seem that Group D is the most competitive of the four, as powerhouse national team Cote d'Ivoire find themselves selected in a section containing Togo, and the north African pairing of Algeria and Tunisia.

Other interesting clashes include Ghana against Mali in Group B, with DR Congo and Niger completing the group, while the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be facing the current Afcon title holders Zambia. The two remaining national teams in Group C are Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

The 16 teams will play in five host cites throughout South Africa from January 19 to February 10, 2013, to determine the African champion who will represent the continent at the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.

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