Radebe, Kalou named 2023 Afcon qualifying Draw Assistants; which country will Ghana face?


Former Africa Cup of Nations winners Lucas Radebe and Salomon Kalou will be the two draw assistants for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023 group stages draw on Tuesday night next week.

The draw will be conducted live at 17h30 GMT at SuperSport studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.

You can watch it on all CAF platforms and join the conversation #TotalEnergiesAFCON23

Ex-South Africa international defender Radebe and former Cote d’Ivoire striker Kalou will join CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu for the draw.

The former Bafana Banfana defender and captain Radebe was a member of the South African team that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations. He made four appearances in Africa’s flagship football competition, having played in the tournaments of 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

Radebe was also the captain of the South African national football team during both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Kalou, the former Chelsea player, was a key attacker for the Elephants when they won the AFCON in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

He scored five goals in the six appearances in the tournament as he featured in the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions of the continental showpiece event.

Forty-eight teams, including Ghana, will be drawn into 12 groups of four teams with the top two teams qualifying for the tournament to be played in the West African country.

The Black Stars will be hoping to qualify to the next Afcon and possibly win the trophy after failing since 1982.

Ghana were surprisingly booted out of the competition last time in the Group Stage following defeats to Morocco and Comoros.

The qualifiers will start in June 2022.


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