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Bafana out to evade AFCON 'Gathering of Death'

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cape Town - Bafana will be planning to get an ideal draw when the AFCON gatherings are affirmed on Wednesday.

The gatherings for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea will be affirmed on Wednesday, December 3 and Bafana mentor Shakes Mashaba will be trusting that his side is given a good draw.

The 16 contending groups have been partitioned into four pots focused around their rankings and how well the group fared at the past three AFCON competitions. The four AFCON 2015 finals gatherings will then be controlled by drawing one group from each one pot.

Bafana end up in Pot 3 nearby Cape Verde, Gabon and DR Congo, importance they can't be attracted to face those sides. Nonetheless, Mashaba's side could confront any semblance of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Cameroon and Senegal.

As indicated by the most recent FIFA rankings for African groups, Sport24 have dissected the best and most pessimistic scenario situations for the national group.

At this minute, Shakes Mashaba will be trusting that he stays away from the enormous name in Pot 1 where Ghana represent the greatest danger to Bafana's capability from the gathering stage. The three remaining sides are all positioned underneath Bafana on the FIFA rankings with hosts Equatorial Guinea, the most noticeably awful group in the first pot.

Pot 2 is the particular case that will most concern the national group with four extremely solid groups making up the pot. South Africa will be out to maintain a strategic distance from Ivory Coast, Algeria and Tunisia - all pretournament top picks.

South Africa are the best positioned side in Pot 3.

The last pot likewise give threat Cameroon and Senegal posing a potential threat. Mashaba would cherish Congo to be drawn against his side in the wake of confronting the Congolese in qualifying.

Best-case AFCON 2015 group:

Central Guinea (37), Mali (10), South Africa (11) and Congo (13).

Worst-case AFCON 2015 group:

Ghana (5), Algeria (1), South Africa (11) and Senegal (4).

All the pots with FIFA AFRICAN rankings:

Pot 1

Equatorial Guinea (37)
Ghana (5)
Zambia (15)
Burkina Faso (18)

Pot 3

Cape Verde (7)
South Africa (11)
Gabon (17)
DR Congo (12)

Pot 4

Cameroon (8)
Senegal (4)
Guinea (6)
Congo (13)

The draw will be broadcast live from Malabo from 20:00 (Ss7hd, Ss7, Ss7n, Select) on Wednesday, December 3. 

The 2015 AFCON competition happens in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8, 2015.
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