Zambia will be based in the north-eastern city of Nelspruit for the group stage of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa and the locals are excited that they will be hosting the continental champions.
Nelspruit is a city in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province and close to the border with Mozambique. Zambia are the top seeds of Group C teams that will be based in Nelspruit.
Zambia’s opponents will be revealed tomorrow when draws are made in Durban.
The executive mayor of Nelspruit, Cathy Dlamini, says people in her city are very excited that they will host the defending African champions.
Dlamini said during a flag-raising ceremony at the South African Football Association (SAFA) in Johannesburg that Nelspruit, also known as Mbombela, is anxious to host and watch the African soccer kings.
“We were part of them when they won the title in Gabon, so we are very much excited that they are coming. We can’t wait for them to come to Mbombela. The people of Mbombela are very much excited,” she said.
This is according to a statement released yesterday by Patson Chilemba, first secretary for press at Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa.
The draw will be conducted tomorrow at 17:30 hours in Durban, South Africa.
Pot One: South Africa, Zambia, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Pot Two: Mali Tunisia, Angola and Nigeria.
Pot Three: Algeria Burkina Faso, Morocco and Niger.
Pot Four: Togo, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.