Afcon draw date set

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the draw for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations finals will take place in Accra on October 19.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the draw for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations finals will take place in Accra on October 19.

The 16 qualifiers will be drawn into four groups of four for the tournament, which runs from January 20 until February 10.

Two days before the draw, a CAF inspection team will look at the facilities at the four venues - Accra, Kumassi, Sekondi and Tamale.

There are still three Afcon places to be decided, with the remaining four games to be played on October 12 and 14.

Egypt, Burundi, Botswana, Mali, Togo, Benin and Uganda all have chances of qualifying for a spot at Africa's soccer showpiece.

The 12 teams that have booked their place already, along with hosts Ghana, are Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia, Cameroon, Angola, Senegal, Guinea, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Morocco.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars of Ghana will round up their Afcon preparations with the hosting of a four-nation tournament in November.

Guinea, Benin and the United Arab Emirates will line up alongside Ghana. - BBC

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