Written by Tosin Omojola
Thursday, 05 July 2012
SUPER Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi, is praying for favourable grouping as the Confederation of African Football, CAF today picks the draws for the 2013 Africa Nations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Keshi, who departed Nigeria Tuesday night for South Africa along side, Technical Committee Chairman, of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Christopher Green, says he is not afraid of any team but he is hoping for a favourable draws today.
“No team is too small or too big in Africa and world football, but we must avoid some big names. If at the end of the day we are drawn against any of the powerhouses, we will have no option but to ensure that we qualify.
We want a good draw for the team in the interest of the nation,” he said.
Thirty countries divided into Pot A and Pot B will go into the draw that will determine the final qualification route for next year’s continental
showpiece to be held between January 19 to February 10.
Pot A which has all the seeded teams based on showings at the last three editions of the AFCON finals after the second round of qualifiers has Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia.
Pot B has Botswana, Cape Verde Islands, Central Africa Republic, Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, DR Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.