Hosts Gabon were handed a favourable draw for January’s Africa Cup of Nations, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s side to face Cameroon, Burkina Faso and the debutants Guinea-Bissau in Group A while the heavyweights Algeria and Senegal will face off in Group B.
Elsewhere, the holders and favourites Ivory Coast were drawn in Group C and will face Togo, Morocco and DR Congo, while Algeria and Senegal – ranked second and third in Africa by FIFA – will contest Group B with Zimbabwe and Tunisia.
Ghana’s hopes of winning a first title since 1982 will rest of coming through a group that contains the seven-time winners Egypt, Mali and Uganda, who are also in the Black Stars’ World Cup qualifying group and played them in their last finals appearance in 1978, when Ghana triumphed 2-0 in the final.
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Group A Gabon, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso
Group B Algeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Tunisia
Group C Ivory Coast, Togo, Morocco, DR Congo
Group D Ghana, Uganda, Egypt, Mali
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