MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AFP) – South Africa will have to do it the hard way if they are to add to their sole Africa Cup of Nations title after the draw for the 2015 finals was made in Malabo on Wednesday.
Bafana Bafana – who won the trophy when they hosted it in 1996 but have experienced very little success since – were drawn in Group C along with perennial title contenders Ghana, Senegal and Algeria for the tournament that runs from January 17 to February 8 in Rquatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea – who co-hosted the 2012 edition with Gabon – are fortunate to be even involved as they were originally disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in a match.
However, they regained African football’s governing body CAF’s favour when they offered to step in and host the tournament after original hosts Morocco were themselves disqualified as hosts when they said they wanted to postpone the tournament because of fears over the spreading of the deadly Ebola virus.
Indeed their gesture was recognised publicly by CAF president Issa Hayatou during the pre-draw ceremony.