It's all systems go for the draw of the 29th edition of Africa's finest football competition - the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. The official draw for this tournament will be held today in Durban.
The 2012 edition of the competition saw many absentees from among the continent's major footballing nations, but this time around the big guns of Africa have made it - the only exceptions being Egypt, Algeria and Cameroon.
Host South Africa have avoided three of the continent's more dangerous sides in the opening group stage, but dangers do await in the other three pots. Bafana are in Pot 1 with Zambia, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
All four teams in Pot 2 (Mali, Tunisia, Angola, Nigeria) are capable of causing an upset. The four groups will consist of one team from each pot with top two finishers qualifying for the quarterfinals.
2000 guests set to attend. President Jacob Zuma is due to be among them
Pot 3 consists of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Niger whilst Pot 4 consists of Togo, Cape Verde Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia.
The final draw will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC), with approximately 2000 guests set to attend. President Jacob Zuma is due to be among them, along with association heads from the other 15 qualified countries.
Officials from across the continent have been arriving since the weekend, with Confederation of African Football (CAF) head Issa Hayatou touching down on Sunday. - Additional Reporting SAPA