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Nigeria draw against Liberia in Cup of Nations qualifier

06 July 2012, 07:16

Abuja - Nigeria’s Super Eagles have drawn against the Lone Star of Liberia in the final qualification round of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).  

The draw was staged by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at Johannesburg’s Emperors Palace in South Africa for the 30 teams which qualified for the final qualification round from the second round which was concluded in June.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 29th AFCON is to be hosted by South Africa from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10, 2013.

According to a report on the CAF website, cafonline.com, the two teams will play in a two-legged knockout system of home and away games played between Sept. 7 and Sept. 9 and Oct. 12 and Oct. 14, 2012.

The pairing seems easy for the Eagles who beat the Lone Star 2-0 on Feb. 15, 2012 at the Antoinnette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia in an international friendly through a Sunday Ubah brace.

The match was organised then to mark the inauguration for a second term of Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson.

But it proved to be the host’s first home loss to the Eagles in 27 years, and they will this time around be hosting the Nigerian side in the first leg this September.

However, interesting pairings also emerged at the draw, with defending champions Zambia drawn against Uganda and 2012 competition runners-up Cote D’Ivoire to contend with Senegal.

Libya will also take on Algeria, Ghana against Malawi, Mozambique against Morocco, Mali against Botswana, Zimbabwe against Angola, and Cape Verde against Cameroon.

Guinea which prevented Nigeria from appearing at the 2012 edition of the competition in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon have Niger Republic to contend with this time around.

Sudan also take on neighbours Ethiopia, while Burkina Faso have a tough pairing against the Central African Republic (CAR) which knocked out perennial champions Egypt.

Gabon will take on Togo, while Equatorial Guinea will face Democratic Republic of Congo, with Sierra Leone meeting Tunisia.

The 15 winners will join host South Africa for a total of 16 teams for the final draw for the tournament itself, and this will take place on Oct. 26.

CAF Secretary-General Hicham El-Amrani conducted the draw, and he was assisted by former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey and former Super Eagles striker Daniel Amokachi.



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