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Afcon a minefield for many of Africa's giants

By unknown | Oct 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sello Rabothata

Sello Rabothata

It has always been said there is a Group of Death in almost all soccer tournaments.

But, it seems the draw of the Africa Cup of Nations' Road to Ghana 2008 has produced four such groups for the continental spectacle in January and February, in this west African country last Friday.

South Africa's Bafana Bafana are in Group D with the likes of Senegal, Tunisia and Angola which, by the country's recent Fifa ranking of 83rd, makes it a tough draw for Carlos Alberto Parreira's boys.

The colourful draw, which was held in Accra, attracted the who's who of football and will be one of the highlights on the African Soccer Television show on SABC1 Sport's Laduma programme on Sunday.

All four groups were drawn in such a way that it's going to be tough going to reach the quarterfinals as the fight for the ultimate prize in continental football begins. Even African football giants like Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt and the hosts have to tread carefully if they want to avoid embarrassment.

League action also continues and among the highlights package will be the encounter between Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and Lesotho Correctional Service, which saw the prison guards edging the army 1-0 in a league game.

In an Angola league game, InterClube were in a mean mood as they clubbed Santos 2-0.

The two giants of Moroccan football, Le Wydad and Raja Casablanca thrilled local football fans in the Morocco Cup final, which Wydad won 2-0.


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