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Bafana avoids big guns in Afcon draw and promises vast improvement against Kenya tonight!

This follows Bafana avoiding big guns for the draw to be conducted in Durban next week.

The Continental tourney takes place from January 19 to February 10.

 South Africa, Ghana, Zambia and Ivory Coast, who seem to have been granted qualification despite their abandoned match following riots against Senegal in Dakar on Saturday, are all in Pot 1.

However, a nightmare Group A for Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund could still be on the cards with Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco and Togo spread across Pot 2 to 4.

Teams in the same pot cannot be drawn against each other.

Qualification for the upcoming tournament came to a dramatic end at the weekend when minnows Cape Verde beat Cameroon 3-2 on aggregate to clinch their participation in next year’s tournament. It will be their maiden Afcon, making them the only debutants in the tourney.

Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroon skipper who returned to the side after boycotting the first leg, lashed out at the football federation for the Indomitable Lions’ poor preparation for the qualifiers.

He told reporters after the match: “Mentally, we had a difficult week before the game. We don’t have to work under pressure because when we work under pressure, it is complicated. We have the time now to prepare for the World Cup. It must start today.”

Another surprise this weekend was the reappearance of Ethiopia to the big stage.

The Black Lions are back after a 30-year absence after their victory over Sudan – a 5-5 aggregate score that saw them qualify because of the away goal rule.

While Bafana were travelling from Poland, after a 1-0 defeat in Warsaw, to Nairobi in Kenya, teams to take part in the 2013 Afcon were being confirmed.

2013 Afcon seeding:

Pot 1: South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast

Pot 2: Mali, Tunisia, Angola, Nigeria

Pot 3: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Niger

Pot 4: Togo, Cape Verde Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia

Meanwhile, Bafana face Kenya in tonight’s last international friendly in Nairobi.

Despite security concerns and players’ safety, the Kenyan Football has assured and issued a statement that, everyone’s safety is of priority following unrest in the country.

The game will be televised on SABC 1 from 6pm.

Speaking to Robert Marawa on Metro fm last night, coach Gordon Igesund sounded positive and said his charges were not distracted by the results against Poland.

“We’re going all out in today’s match against Kenya. There will be no room for errors and the players’ have assured me and the country that, they will give much improved performance tonight, despite security concerns,” says the optimistic Igesund.

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