JOHANNESBURG – Bafana Bafana are braced for a tough return to the Africa Cup of Nations but goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is confident they will give a good account of themselves.
Ranked a lowly 73rd in the world and 14th in Africa, the South African senior national team will be pitted against one of the continent’s powerhouses when the draw is conducted in Cairo, Egypt tonight.
Given their poor ranking, Stuart Baxter’s men are going to have to negotiate their way out of group likely to include any of hosts Egypt, reigning African champions Cameroon, Gahana, Ivory Coast, Tunisia or Senegal from Pot 1 of the draw for the June 21 to July 19 tournament.
It doesn’t get any better as Pot 2 also contains footballing nations with a good Afcon pedigree. Former champions Morocco, Nigeria, and Algeria as well as the ever-improving Democratic republic of Congo, Mali and Guinea are also likely to provide round-robin opposition for Bafana.
The South Africans are in Pot 3.