CAN 2013 official draw fixed for October 26
Accra, April 11, GNA – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the official draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will take place on Friday, October 26, 2012.
CAF General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani confirmed the date in an interview on the website of the continent's soccer governing body, bordering on issues relating to the organization of the 29th edition of the flagship African football tournament.
Though no venue was mentioned, GNA Sports is reliably informed the ceremony will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa preferably at the Convention Centre in Sandton.
The ceremony will take place exactly 12-days after the final round matches of the qualifiers.
The qualifiers will give birth to 15 teams which will join hosts South Africa for the final tournament next year.
According to the CAF General Secretary, the host cities for the tournament will be announced on April 20.
He said his outfit in collaboration with the Local Organising Committee will settle on five cities from the eight cities who have submitted bids in that regard.
“So far we believe five (5) venues will be selected, not more, since too many venues will also present logistical and financial constraints.
“It is worth mentioning that South Africa will also be hosting the CHAN in 2014 (also a 16-team tournament), so venues not selected for the AFCON 2013 will have the opportunity to be considered as well,” said El Amrani.
The final tournament will be held from 19 January to 10 February, 2013.