Afcon finalists line up training camps

OFF TO ABU DHABI: Ivory Coast players celebrate the goal scored by Romaric during the 2010 Fifa World Cup match against Korea DPR in Nelspruit. Photo: Gallo Images
OFF TO ABU DHABI: Ivory Coast players celebrate the goal scored by Romaric during the 2010 Fifa World Cup match against Korea DPR in Nelspruit. Photo: Gallo Images

HALF of the finalists for next year's Africa Cup of Nations have revealed details of all or some of their pre-tournament preparations, with the Middle East again a favoured destination for warm-up training camps.

The 2012 runners-up Ivory Coast and Tunisia will again be going to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for their training camps and will be joined this time by Ghana. The Democratic Republic of Congo are going next door to Oman, where their coach, Claude le Roy, previously worked.

But none of Bafana's opponents have yet revealed their hand.

Morocco's coach Rachid Taoussi announced two brief training camps for home-based players and a friendly against Niger in the next fortnight, but says his bosses are negotiating for friendlies against Botswana, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia in the weeks leading up to the finals.

Angola have announced they want to be based in Johannesburg throughout the tournament even though they play at Soccer City, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in the first round.

PLANS SO FAR

Algeria: Training camp, Rustenburg January 4; friendly vs SA January 12; vs club side January 18.

Ivory Coast: Friendly vs DRC in Abu Dhabi January 14.

DRC: Training camp in Port Elizabeth from December 8-18; training camp in Oman from January 3-15; friendly vs Ivory Coast in Abu Dhabi January 14.

Ethiopia: Sent a B team to the east and central African Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda, ending December 8.

Ghana: Training camp in Accra January 2-6; training camp in Abu Dhabi January 7-16; friendly vs Tunisia in Abu Dhabi on January 13.

Morocco: Training camps for local players December 3-6, December 10-12; friendly vs Niger December 12.

Nigeria: friendly vs Catalunya in Barcelona on January 2.

Togo: Training camp in Lome December 27; friendly vs Oman in Muscat January 6. Training camp in Accra January 7-12; friendly vs Benin in Lome January 13.

Tunisia: Training camps for local players November 26-28, December 3-5, 10-12; friendly vs Egypt December; friendly vs Iraq on December 31; friendly vs Ghana in Abu Dhabi on January 13.

Zambia: Training camp in SA or Qatar; friendly vs Tanzania December 23; friendly vs Norway in Ndola January 12.

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