2013 Africa Cup of Nations draw as it happened

Live text commentary as the draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations took place in Durban, South Africa.

24 October 2012 Last updated at 21:22

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As it happened

  1. 2116: 

    Well, I'm sure none of us have the time/desire to keep this going for as long as the draw's pre-amble went on.

    So now that we know the draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, I shall bid you goodnight.

    Thanks for your company and take care.

  2. 2114: 

    And on Twitter:

    SandalsForGoalposts tweets: "I think all the groups are very well-balanced. Group D is probably the strongest, but B & C not far behind."

    "Man, I'd love to be at that SA vs Cape Verde opener," says Zviko Mudimu.

    And Nicola Lungu predicts: "@BBCAfrica: Group C: #Zambia, #BurkinaFaso, #Ethiopia, #Nigeria" the defending champions are going to do just fine :)"

  3. 2109: 

    No doubt the debate and discussion will build and build over the next few months until the tournament kicks off on 19 January.

    And here's a few of your texts:

    "Black Stars in a difficult group but will still win the tournament. Ghana all the way."

    "Happy Ethiopia plays Nigeria. That is a reward for our hard work for the last four years."

    "Zambia along with Ivory coast, South Africa and Ghana should be favourites to lift the trophy."

  4. 2104: 

    So what do you make of that then?

    Some very interesting ties there. A standout opener as debutants Cape Verde take on the hosts South Africa. A clash of two heavyweights as Zambia and Nigeria go head-to-head in Group C, and some rivalry as Algeria and Tunisia get placed together in Group D.

    Are you happy with your team's lot?

  5. 2102: 

    Here are those groups in full:

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

    Group B: Ghana, DR Congo, Niger, Mali.

    Group C: Zambia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria.

    Group D: Ivory Coast, Algeria, Tunisia, Togo.

  6. 2100: 

    And the last team to be drawn is of course the Super Eagles. Nigeria go into the Group C alongside reigning champions Zambia. Very interesting indeed!

  7. 2058: 

    Group A next to be completed. A deep breath in the arena as the South Africans desperately hope to avoid Nigeria. And they have. Angola complete the group.

  8. 2058: 

    Next up is Group B. And it's Mali who complete the group. They'll play Niger in their opening game.

  9. 2057: 

    His frst pick is Tunisia and they go into Group D. Tasty clash with Algeria in that one.

  10. 2057: 

    Africa's "most famous number 11" is being introduced now. It's Kalusha Bwalya, who will help complete the draw.

  11. 2055: 

    And completing this section of the draw, it's Niger who go into Group B.

  12. 2055: 

    The next team goes into Group C, and it's Burkina Faso.

  13. 2054: 

    Next team out of the hat is Morocco and they go into Group A.

  14. 2053: 

    Ex-Morocco player Aziz Bouderbala is on stage now to help with the next part of the draw. And he picks out Algeria to go into Group D.

  15. 2053: 

    So now we know all the opening matches in the group stage of the tournament. And how about that for a baptism of fire for Cape Verde!

  16. 2052: 

    In Group D, Togo are drawn against Ivory Coast.

  17. 2051: 

    And it's Ethiopia who go into Group C, kicking off their campaign against Zambia.

  18. 2050: 

    The next team drawn will join Zambia in Group C.

  19. 2050: 

    He picks Cape Vere. So there we have it - you couldn't write a better script! It's South Africa v Cape Verde to open the 2013 Nations Cup.

  20. 2049: 

    The next team to be drawn will go into Group A and will face South Africa in the opening match of the tournament. President Zuma will pick the team.

  21. 2048: 

    He picks DR Congo to join Ghana in Group B.

  22. 2047: 

    To help with the second part of the draw, ex-Bafana Bafana player Mark Williams is called on to the stage.

  23. 2046: 

    Ivory Coast are placed in Group D.

  24. 2045: 

    Ghana go into Group B.

  25. 2044: 

    South Africa are placed automatically in Group A, while holders Zambia are placed automatically in Group C.

  26. 2043: 

    I don't want to excite you too much, but I think there's a very good chance we might be at the business end of this show very shortly. Could this be the draw? Here it comes...

  27. 2037: 

    A poignant moment now as a period of silence is observed to show respect following the death of South Africa assistant coach Tommy Madigage, who was killed in a car accident last week.

  28. 2035: 

    Hang on a second, here's an actual footballer! Former South African captain Lucas Radebe is now on stage and is explaining how the ball for the tournament was chosen and telling us about its name: Katlego. It means success.

    Radebe confesses that he wishes he was still playing. And when challenged to show off his skills, he waddles along clipping the ball under his feet as he goes. Maybe stick to the day job now, Lucas.

  29. 2030: 

    There's certainly a big build-up for this draw. The show's been rolling on for an hour now and we're no closer to knowing who will play who. Still, we have seen Takuma the hippo.

  30. 2026: 

    The mascot has just been revealed. And its name is... a hippo called Takuma. We get only a brief look at the mascot, which is said to be a symbol of the embodiment of the skills and perseverance required to succeed in sport. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of this character. But for now, s/he's made way for more music.

  31. 2021: 

    Confidence here from Jay, who has texted in from Zambia: "It does not matter which team they give us tonight, Zambia is not scared of any team in Africa. We will beat them one by one."

  32. 2019: 

    There's another mention for Cape Verde - they must be feeling pretty special! - as President Zuma "extends special congratulations to Cape Verde, who have qualified for the first time".

    He also congratulates all the teams that have qualified and says he is looking forward to "exciting games and lots of goals".

    Let's hope we get exactly that.

  33. 2017: 

    "Each match will be a demonstration that sport, particularly football, can be a catalyst for social change, peace and unity in the African continent," adds President Zuma.

    "This will be another successful event after South Africa hosted the 2010 Fifa world Cup. In 2013 the world's eyes will once again be on us as 16 of the finest African football nations compete for the greatest honour of being the champions of Africa."

  34. 2012: 

    President Zuma: "It is an honour for me on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa to join this special moment of the final draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

    "With great excitement we are counting down the last 86 days before South Africa hosts the tournament for the second time."

  35. 2009: 

    Following more dancing and singing, South Africa President Jacob Zuma takes to the stage.

  36. 2006: 

    This could be one of the most competitive tournaments for some time and the group stage could be tighter than ever.

    Super Eagles fan Akin has texted in to say: "Let's go Africa! It will be exciting to have Nigeria and Ghana in a group. Let their scores be settled once and for all. UP SUPER EAGLE!"

    It's a view shared by Olusola, who texts: "Will like to see Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Morocco same group."

    The waiting will soon be over.

  37. 2000: 

    The Caf president gives Cape Verde a name check - the surprise qualifiers who knocked out Cameroon 3-2 on aggregate.

    And, as you may expect, he also congratulates the local organising committee of the tournament for their efforts.

    Hayatou signs off by saying he hopes the tournament will be a massive success for African football.


    Hayatou's speech - which so far is in French - after an address by local organising committee chairman Mwelo Nonkonyane, who promised that South Africa will not let anyone down.

  39. 1953: 

    Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou takes the stage and is about to address the audience.

  40. 1944: 

    The trophy has been brought out and we've had young drummers, the national anthem and impressive videos. It's a glitzy show all right!

    We're now seeing a video detailing all the venues - and very impressive they look, too.

  41. 1939: 

    Some interesting texts coming in from you. Seems many of you feel there could be some drama ahead.

    ASEC in USA says: "There will certainly be a group of death. A Cote d'Ivoire-Nigeria or a Ghana-Nigeria will be interesting. The likes of Mali and Burkina Faso will want to avoid Cote d'Ivoire. Allez les Elephants!"

    Meanwhile, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Daniel is just delighted that his county are a part of it: "Thanks to God, we have been waiting 31 years to be part of the draw, our dreams has come true!"

  42. 1930: 

    Dignitaries are in the hall, including South Africa president Jacob Zuma and Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou. Excitement building.

  43. 1925: 

    It's all gone a bit James Bond over in Durban, it seems. All very hush-hush and top secret. Journalists have been banned from tweeting from the venue.

  44. 1920: 

    Zambia surprised everyone at the start of the year when they lifted the trophy after beating Ivory Coast on penalties. Can they retain the title?

    Their form has not been great since their glorious moment in February but legendary ex-player Kalusha Bwalya told BBC Sport: "Zambia have a tried and tested coach, they have the players, the team, a plan and a system in place.

    "People have talked about the team to beat, and Zambia are being mentioned."

  45. 1915: 

    Here's a view from South Africa fan Mukololo Tshivhase, who has tweeted: "I wish #Bafana Bafana can be in a same group with #Tunisia, #Nigeria and Giant Killer #Cape Verde in #AFCON13!!"

  46. 1910: 

    Two big names are missing from the pots this evening: seven-time African champions Egypt and four-time champions Cameroon.

    Egypt failed to even reach the final round of qualifiers, while Cameroon were unceremoniously dumped out at that stage by Cape Verde - a tiny nation of about 500,000 people.

    Those results may have set the tone for a series of shocks to come in the showpiece tournament in South Africa, which takes place between 19 January and 10 February.

    Who are you backing to upset the odds? Who will go all the way? Get in touch and let us know your thoughts.

  47. 1900: 

    Good evening. Ready for some early fireworks? Tonight's draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations looks very tasty indeed.

    There are 16 teams to be drawn into four groups of four - and a formation of a 'group of death' appears certain.

    With the highly capable Nigeria in the second-seeded teams, Morocco in the third tier and giant-killers Cape Verde and DR Congo in the fourth pot of teams, there is strength is depth.

    It's going to be an interesting couple of hours!

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