African Champions Zambia will face Uganda in the final round of qualifiers for the 2013 AFCON tournament.
The 16 nations that qualified for the 2012 edition in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon start their bid for a place in South Africa next year, along with the likes of Nigeria and Cameroon who were absent from the last tournament, but have won through to this stage of qualifying.
Pot 1 contained Zambia, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Mali, Tunisia, Cameroon, Angola, Nigeria, Gabon, Sudan, Algeria, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso.
They were drawn against one of the following sides in Pot 2: CAR, Senegal, Niger, Botswana, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Togo, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Liberia, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Libya.
The matches will be played over two legs, the first to take place on the weekend of September 7-9, with the second legs scheduled for the weekend of October 12-14. The 15 teams who emerge victorious from the ties will join hosts South Africa in the field for the Nations Cup which runs from January 19 to February 10 next year.
LIVE UPDATES – AS IT HAPPENED
All times are CAT.
19h58 – That concludes the draw, remember, the games will be played on the weekend of September 7-9, with the second legs scheduled for the weekend of October 12-14. Still can’t get over that Cote d’Ivoire vs Senegal clash …
19h56 -Game 15 is Central African Republic vs Burkina Faso
19h55 – Game 14 is Gabon vs Togo
19h54 – Game 13 is DR Congo vs Equatorial Guinea
19h53 – Game 12 is Cote d’Ivoire vs Senegal. Oh. My. word.
19h53 – Game 11 is Libya vs Algeria. North African tussle!
19h52 – Game 10 is Sudan vs Ethiopia
19h51 – Game 9 is Guinea vs Niger
19h50 – Game 8 is Sierra Leone vs Tunisia
19h48 – Game 7 is Mozambique vs Morocco
19h47 – Game 6 is Cape Verde vs Cameroon
19h47 – Game 5 is Zambia vs Uganda
19h46 – Game 4 is Liberia vs Nigeria. That should be a win for the Super Eagles!
19h45 – Game 3 is Ghana vs Malawi!
19h44 – Game 2 is Zimbabwe against Angola, an all Southern Africa dual!
19h42 – Game 1 is Mali vs Botswana, Mali at home first.
19h41 – Former Bafana Bafana skipper and ex-Nigeria striker Daniel Amokachi to help with the draw.
19h36 – Hicham El Amrani confirms that Group A, containing South Africa, will be based in Durban next year.
19h33 – No, one more video, this time a history of the Africa Cup of Nations.
19h31 – OK, here we go, we are ready to start! Should be just a few minutes to the start.
19h27 – South African Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, to speak now. He is usually pretty entertaining …
19h22 – We now have a bit of music from South African singer Zahara. Getting closer to the main event folks!
19h15 – We have another insert looking at the host cities – Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg and Mbombela.
19h10 – It is now the chance of CAF vice-president Suketu Patal to say a few words.
19h09 – Nonkonyana has let slip that the draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals proper on October 26 will be held in Durban.
19h05 -SAFA vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana is about to give us a speech on behalf of the organisation and the South African LOC.
19h01 – The spectacle has begun and we are watching an insert on South Africa and their hosting history. Cricket, Rugby and Soccer, South Africa is just the second country after England to host all three world Cups for these sports.
18h53 – The dignitaries are finding their seats and we will begin in just a few minutes time. We have a wonderful collection of African greats with us tonight, as well as top coaches and leading administrators on the continent.
18h35 – Welcome to our live coverage from Emperors Palace in Johannesburg!