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I'm Worried About Benin - Shakes. 22/09/03
The draw for the African Cup Of Nations took place on Saturday in Tunisia and South Africa are in Group D, which has been termed as the group of death.

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba had the following to say about the draw.

"At least we know what to expect against Nigeria and Morocco, but I'm worried about Benin as they will be a closed book to us." Mashaba told the Sunday Times.

Nigeria, two time African champions, and Morocco, 14-time finalists are the teams in South Africa's group, as well as new comers Benin.

"I think this will be strongest of the four groups and we'll need to have our best available squad to go through to the next round."

Although Nigeria and Morocco will provide the most obvious threat to Bafana's qualification chances, Mashaba is not taking Benin lightly either.

"At least we know what to expect against Nigeria and Morocco, but I'm worried about Benin as they will be a closed book to us

Shakes is travelling to Europe to discuss the availability of the foreign stars for the tournament which begins on January 24.

Manchester United player Quinton Fortune declared on the Red Devils's television channel that he will not be available for the biannual championship.

Shakes has omitted Fortune from a 39-man preliminary squad.

Bafana Bafana start their conquest on January 27 against Benin at Sfax Stadium. They will then play Nigeria at Monastir Stadium on January 31 before ending the group stage against Morocco on February 4 at Sousse Stadium.

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