With only two days to go South Africa is making the final preparations for the all important Africa Cup of Nations draw to be hosted in Durban on Wednesday
The excitement is brewing in South Africa as the African Cup of Nations draw edges closer. At 8pm on the 24th of October the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre will host the live broadcast of the event.
The draw will determine who Bafana Bafana is to face in the first round group stages. More importantly the draw will determine the fate for all sixteen nations participating in the event.
There are over two thousand guests expected with former African football stars and association heads of the fifteen other participants in attendance at the glamorous event.
Headlining the list of dignitaries will be South African President Jacob Zuma, who wants to show his support for the African showpiece. Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou will also be present at the event. CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani is expected to host the draw.
The event will be South Africa’s Local Organising Committee’s first test in hosting the African showpiece, with three months to go before the official kick off of the continental competition.
Fans from all over the African continent will be watching the draw with baited breath, as they hope to avoid Africa’s star-studded teams such as Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Ivory Coast are once more the nation to fear, but now more than ever, as stalwarts Didier Drogba, Kolo and Yaya Toure are desperate for cup glory following two bitter final losses after penalties. The side exudes talent and power making them true giants of the African game.
Ghana is a perennial contender for the African showpiece, due to their talented outfit with players such as AC Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and Andre Ayew.
The side will still have fond memories of their impressive performances during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and will hope to continue their love affair with the country.
South Africa and Zambia are the other two top seeds in the draw and many nations would not relish playing against the hosts in their own backyard or having to face the impressive defending champions.
Due to their seeding, South Africa already know they will not have to contend with the African football giants but will still be nervous of a potential clash against Nigeria or tough encounters against Tunisia or Mali.
Nigeria are South Africa’s most feared first round opponent as they have looked to recover from their lack of success and form, with exciting Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses leading their resurgence. They beat Bafana Bafana 4-0 the last time the two sides met in the 2004 edition of the African Cup of Nations.
The most satisfying draw for Bafana Bafana would be Angola, Niger and Ethiopia but the national side would still need to perform in order to gain access into the quarter final stage of the competition.