Bafana Bafana

Igesund buzzing after draw

2012-10-25 10:26
Gordon Igesund (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he has that "electric feeling" as anticipation ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hit fever-pitch at the group stage draw on Wednesday.

The South Africa tactician was in attendance at the glitzy event at the International Conference Centre in Durban this week, along with 2000 other guests, including the country's president Jacob Zuma.

Bafana, the hosts nation for next's year's showpiece, were drawn in Group A, along with Morocco, Angola and Cape Verde.

Speaking at the event Igesund revealed his team were full of belief and says no matter who they face, they will be giving their all for their compatriots.

He said: "Come the 19th January, whether it be anybody, we will be ready.

"We want to do well for the country. I have that electric feeling and I really think we can impress. The players are passionate, they want to play, and with the fans behind us we feel up for it.

"We are playing at home, and whatever happens we will be ready, and we want to do the nation proud, we want the nation to get behind the team."

The three-week tournament will be played at five stadiums different stadiums around the country, namely the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

The draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations:

Group A: South Africa, Angola, Morocco, Cape Verde

Group B: Ghana, Mali, Niger, DR Congo

Group C: Zambia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia

Group D: Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria, Togo

Fixtures for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa:

Group A (Durban unless stated)

Jan 19

Johannesburg
South Africa v Cape Verde, Angola v Morocco

Jan 23

South Africa v Angola, Morocco v Cape Verde

Jan 27

South Africa v Morocco

Port Elizabeth
Cape Verde v Angola 1700

Group B (Port Elizabeth unless stated)

Jan 20

Ghana v DR Congo, Mali v Niger

Jan 24
Ghana v Mali, Niger v DR Congo

Jan 28

Ghana v Niger

Durban
DR Congo v Mali

Group C (Nelspruit unless stated)

Jan 21

Zambia v Ethiopia, Nigeria v Burkina Faso

Jan 25

Zambia v Nigeria, Burkina Faso v Ethiopia

Jan 29

Zambia v Burkina Faso

Rustenburg
Ethiopia v Nigeria 1700

Group D (Rustenburg unless stated)

Jan 22

Ivory Coast v Togo, Tunisia v Algeria

Jan 26

Ivory Coast v Tunisia, Algeria v Togo

Jan 30

Ivory Coast v Algeria

At Nelspruit
Togo v Tunisia

Quarter-finals

Feb 2

Port Elizabeth
(1) Gp B winners v Gp A runners-up

Durban
(2) Gp A winners v Gp B runners-up

Feb 3

Rustenburg
(3) Gp D winners v Gp C runners-up

Nelspruit
(4) Gp C winners v Gp D runners-up

Semi-finals

Feb 6

Durban
Winners quarter-final 2 v winners quarter-final 3

Nelspruit
Winners quarter-final 4 v winners quarter-final 1

Third place

Feb 9

Port Elizabeth

Semi-finals losers

Final

Feb 10

Johannesburg

Semi-finals winners

Match venues:

Johannesburg: FNB Stadium (94 000 capacity)
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium (54 000)
Nelspruit: Mbombela Stadium (41 000)
Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (48 500)
Rustenburg: Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace (42 000)

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