NewsNorth AfricaFootball: All systems go for 2013 AFCON/CAN draw in South Africa

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Posted on Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:40

Football: All systems go for 2013 AFCON/CAN draw in South Africa

It has been a slow start but South Africa looks set to ensure that Africa will have the mother of all games at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) games.

 

The tournament will be held from January 19 to February 10 in five cities: Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Rustenburg.

Local organising committee chairman Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said its all systems go, as big names prepare for next week's draw in Durban.

Nonkonyana said that President Jacob Zuma would be attending the Afcon final draw next week.

Zuma will head the list of dignitaries expected at the function, at the city's International Convention Centre.

Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou will also be present, whilst CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani is expected to conduct the draw.

The final line-up of teams was completed over the past weekend with defending champions Zambia joining Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Island, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia, and South Africa at the main event.

Organisers said they were expecting 2000 confirmed guests, including association heads from the other 15 qualified countries.

Nonkonyana assured those present that everything was on track for a successful draw next week.

"I'm happy to share with you that plans are in place for the draw next week" he said.

The organisers say it is all systems go, amid concerns about logistics of the soccer extravaganza.

"Places have been secured and all the logistic arrangements are in order".

Ticket sales have been a concern, with organisers confirming that just over 10,000 had so far been sold nationwide.

Nonkonyana said he was not worried by the low sales, insisting that it will pick up in the three months prior to the tournament.

"When you host, passion of that host country is key. Success is always marked by attendance as one of the important points," he said.

He said they expect sales to pick from now and even further next week when it is decided who will be playing in which City.

Nonkonyana said his committee was determined to make the tournament in South Africa the best ever in its history.



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