Durban to host Nations Cup draw on October 24

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Sep 13th, 2012

Zambian fans watch the team’s African Cup of Nations final soccer match against Ivory Coast on a television in the capital Lusaka, Zambia, Monday, Feb., 13, 2012. Zambia won the African Cup of Nations Sunday, beating pre-tournament favorite Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in a nerve-racking final at Stade de l’Amitie. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

THE CONFEDERATION of African Football has announced that the final draw for the South 2013 Orange CAF Africa Cup of Nations will now take place on October 24 in Durban.

Fifteen teams will join hosts South Africa in the draw and the matches will take place in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Nelspruit and Durban. The tournament will run from January 19 – February 10. Zambia are the current champions of the continent’s biggest sports event. The draw had been initially set for October 26 prior to this CAF announcement.

First held in 1957, since 1968, it has been held every two years. As of 2013, the tournament will switch to being held in odd-numbered years so that it does not clash with the FIFA World Cup.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup’s history, winning the tournament a record seven times. Ghana and Cameroon have won four titles each.

Zambia won their first Africa Cup of Nations title by beating tournament favourites Ivory Coast on penalties in Gabon earlier this year.

After 14 kicks were converted, Kolo Toure and Gervinho failed to find the target for the Elephants as Zambia’s Rainford Kalaba also blazed over.

But Stoppila Sunzu found the top corner to complete an amazing 8-7 victory. It was a heartbreaking end for Ivorian skipper Didier Drogba, who missed a spot-kick in normal time.

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