Two AFCON Winners Named To Assist In The Qualifying Draw

Lucas Redebe and Solomon Kalou

Former Africa Cup of Nations winners Lucas Radebe and Salomon Kalou will be the two draw aides for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023 group stages draw on Tuesday April 19.

The draw will be streamed live at 17h:30 GMT at SuperSport studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The two players: Ex-South Africa international defender Radebe and former Cote d’Ivoire striker Kalou will join CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu for the draw.

The ex-Bafana Banfana defender and skipper Lucas Radebe was a member of the South African team that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. He showed up in Africa’s leader football competition, having played in the competitions of 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

Radebe was also the skipper of the South African national football team during both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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Kalou, the former Chelsea player, was a key attacker for the Elephants of Côte D’ when they won the AFCON in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

He scored five goals in the six appearances in the competition as he also played in the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions of the continent’s show-stopper competition.

48 teams will be drawn into 12 groups of four groups with the main two groups fitting the bill for the competition to be played in Cote d’Ivoire.

The qualifiers will begin in June 2022.

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