2009 Confederations Cup
Tuesday, 5th January 2010 at 05:09am
The draw for the 2009 Confederations Cup has thrown up two decidedly different groups. Group A which contains the host nation, South Africa is definitely the easier of the two groups. Bafana Bafana, as South Africa are nicknamed have been drawn to face European Champions Spain, New Zealand and Iraq whilst group B contains heavyweights Brazil and Italy as well as Egypt and the USA.
Apart from World ranked number 1 side Spain, South Africa should be able to progress through to the semi finals at the expense of the other two sides, especially with the backing of fanatical home support. The ease of the draw for the home side has caused suspicion and FIFA was quick to respond and insist that the draw for the World Cup group phase will provide equal and balanced groups. South Africa will use the tournament as preparation for the finals in 2010 as they failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations which is to be held in Angola, also in 2010. This failure to qualify has led people to suggest that South Africa could be the worst host nation to compete in a finals.
The Confederations Cup will take place between the 14th and the 28th June next year.