Africa Nation’s Cup Draw

African Nations Cup trophy

The African Nations Cup begins in January and Ghana has been handed a fairly difficult draw for the 2012 Africa Cup of NationsWest African rivals Mali and Guinea will be in Group D alongside Botswana. With champions Egypt and some of Africa’s other major powers not qualifying, the tournament also sees former World Cup qualifiers Angola paired with Ivory CoastSudan and Burkina Faso in Group B. Morocco and Tunisia will clash in Group C, with debutants Niger and Gabon; while hosts Equatorial Guinea will play the newly liberated Libya, along with Senegal and Zambia.

Big Relief for Sihlangu!

A huge relief for Sihlangu as Botswana will be without most of their key players for Sundays international friendly match in South Africa. Botswana opted to arrive early in Pretoria in order to being their preparations at a High Performance Centre. Botswana are set to play without most of their foreign-based stars such as Dipsey Selolwane and Mogogi Gabonamong as they were not given permission to join up with the squad for the training camp. Botswana’s national coach Stanley Tshosane however says he is happy with his squad and he feels that his side is ready to take to the pitch even with numerous star absentees. Botswana was the first country to qualify from play to the 2010 African Nations Cup which is being co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Botswana was able to outperform Tunisia and Togo to gain their qualification.

The BFA has already announced that they have set up a series of training camps and practices to allow the national team coach to test his players.

BFA regions to benefit from FIFA grant

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) is set to receive a major boost in funding from FIFA, the world football governing body. The BFA President David Fani revealed this at the Association’s annual general assembly in Gaborone on Saturday. Mr. Fani told the assembly members that the BFA have received a grant totaling $300,000 USD from FIFA and that they plan to use this funding to improve regional football development. Fani said regional football continues to play a key role in the country’s soccer development; therefore it cannot be neglected. He said the BFA still faces some challenges in terms of sponsorship for some affiliates like the first division and regional leagues. Regarding national team issues he said the BFA is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that the team is adequately prepared for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year.

He said in a country like Botswana where there are still no adequate sport development structures, school sport played a critical part in development and talent identification hence the need to find an amicable solution for the impasse.

Botswana Leaves for Training Tour in South Africa

The Botswana national team is on a training tour of South Africa as part of preparations for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. However, deputy first choice goalie Noah Maposa and striker Moemedi Maotlhaping will miss the trip due to their involvement in trials in South Africa. Botswana were the first country to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations apart from co-hosts Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to Host 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will be hosting the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which will be the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. The two countries defeated bids from two previous winners, Angola and Libya as well as a Nigerian bid.  As Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are the hosts, they will automatically be qualified to the tournament. They join Botswana and Côte d’Ivoire who have also already qualified as winners of their respective groups.  The opening match, one semi-final and the third place match will be held in Equatorial Guinea while the other semi-final and the final will be held in Gabon. The two stadiums that will be used in Equatorial Guinea are Estadio de Bata and the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.  The draw for the finals will take place on the 29th October, 2011.