Johannesburg to Host 2013 Nations Cup Qualifying Draw

Zambia’s players Emmanuel Mayuka, center left, Francis Kasonde, center, and Davies Nkausu, center right, celebrate winning the African Cup of Nations after beating Ivory Coast in the tournament final soccer match at Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The final qualifying round draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged on July 5 at Tanz Cafe-Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni near the international airport in Johannesburg , South Africa.

Title holders Zambia are among 30 seeded and unseeded countries who will be paired off in 15 home-and-away ties scheduled for the weekends of September 7-9 and October 12-14.

Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia, Zambia and Egypt or Morocco are the seeded countries.

The unseeded countries are Botswana, Cape Verde Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Morocco or Central African Republic.

Unfancied Central African Republic lead record seven-time African champions Egypt 3-2 after the first leg of a delayed first round tie with the return game on June 30 in Bangui.

Host South Africa were also second-choice hosts of the 1996 tournament after Kenya withdrew and a then emerging Bafana Bafana (The Boys) side exceeded expectations by lifting the trophy after a 2-0 final triumph over Tunisia.

Venues for the January 19-February 10 tournament are Soccer City in Johannesburg, Moses Mabhiba Stadium in Durban, Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

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