Cape Town — The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has yet to announce the pots for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) draw in Cairo on April 12‚ but history suggests that Bafana Bafana will be in the third-tier of teams‚ providing a difficult path to the next stage. The 24 qualified nations are divided into four pots‚ each containing six teams‚ which will be drawn into the six first round groups. The top two sides in each pool advance to the second round‚ along with the four best third-placed teams. Caf will use a mixture of the March 2019 Fifa world rankings and recent performances in the Nations Cup to sort the teams into four lots‚ which would place SA in Pot 3. That would mean the teams they will not face in the first round pool stage in Egypt are Uganda‚ Guinea-Bissau‚ Zimbabwe‚ Angola and Burundi. But it also means they will have two of the continent’s top sides in their pool‚ with pots 1 and 2 packed with quality opposition. Pot 1 is likely to be made up of Egypt‚ Ghana‚...

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