AF­CON 2015: Ele­phants, In­domitable Lions in tough draw

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mike Oboh

Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon have been handed a tough draw in the qual­i­fiers for the Or­ange Africa Cup of Na­tions Morocco 2015.

The duo was drawn to­gether in the bat­tle for the 15 places to join hosts Morocco for the fi­nal tour­na­ment next Jan­uary.

Four-time win­ners, Cameroon, will have to con­tend with ri­vals, the Ele­phants of Cote d,Ivoire, DR Congo in Group D. The group ar­guably the ‘group of death’ will be com­pleted by the win­ner of the Swazi­land/Sierra Leone – Gam­bia/Sey­chelles.

The In­domitable Lions have been ab­sent from the last two edi­tions of the show­piece African foot­ball tour­na­ment and will be seek­ing to make the grade this time.

An­other in­ter­est­ing group is Group F which houses record win­ners, Egypt, Tu­nisia and Sene­gal to be joined by the win­ner of Bu­rundi/ Botswana – Cen­tral African Repub­lic/Guinea Bis­sau.

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find them­selves in Group A with South Africa, Sudan and the win­ner of Namibia/Congo – Libya/Rwanda.

Group B has Mali, Al­ge­ria, Ethiopia and the win­ner of Sao Tome e Principe/Benin – Malawi/Chad whilst Group C is con­sti­tuted by Burk­ina Faso, An­gola, Gabon and the win­ner of Liberia/Le­sotho – Kenya/Co­moros.

Ghana’s Black Stars are in Group E with neigh­bours Togo, Guinea and the win­ner of Mada­gas­car/Uganda – Mau­ri­ta­nia/Equa­to­rial Guinea whereas Zam­bia, vic­tors of the 2012 edi­tion held in Gabon and Equa­to­rial Guinea are in Group E with Cape Verde, Niger and the win­ner of Tan­za­nia/Zim­babwe – Mozam­bique/ South Sudan.

The group phase will be pre­ceded by the First and Sec­ond stage of the qual­i­fy­ing se­ries that will give birth to seven teams.

CAF Pres­i­dent Issa Hay­a­tou in his re­marks said the Africa Cup of Na­tions has con­tinue to at­tract global in­ter­est with over 10 bil­lion view­ers recorded for the last edi­tion in South Africa in 2013.

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