Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Tough draws for Ghana, Ivory Coast in African Cup of Nations
BBC, October 31st, 2011 1:22PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Two nations that are among the favorites to win the African continental championship will be tested by their first-round groups. Ghana plays Mali, Guinea and Botswana in Group D, and Ivory Coast has been placed with Burkina Faso, Sudan and Angola in Group B.

With three-time defending champion Egypt not present, and other traditional powers such as Nigeria also left out, the Black Stars and Elephants will be the top choices to win a competition being co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. "Group D is a very well-balanced group but we are the favorites," former Ghana international defender Tony Baffoe told BBC Sport.

In Group C Morocco will face Tunisia, Niger and Gabon. Group A contains Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Libya and Zambia.

Tunisia beat Morocco in the 2004 final and is the only winner from the last eight Nations Cup tournaments to qualify for 2012. The failure of Egypt to qualify is one reason the nation's soccer federation chose to hire former U.S. head coach Bob Bradley last month.  Libya, which qualified despite intense political turmoil that ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, plays Equatorial Guinea in the tournament opener Jan. 21.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Aguirre Named Japan Coach     
Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday was appointed head coach of the Japanese national team, ...
Swans Sign Montero    
Swansea on Thursday signed Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero on a four-year deal from Mexican club Morelia. ...
Orlando City Admits Robinho Talks     
Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva revealed that the MLS club is in advanced talks ...
Piazon Heads to Frankfurt on Loan    
Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday signed Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan. The Brazilian, 20, ...
Man City U21's Racism Claim to be Investigated    
The Croatian soccer federation (HNS) has said it will investigate Manchester City's claim that one of ...
Gareth Bale: La Liga Trumps English Premier League    
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale believes Spain's La Liga is superior to the English Premier League ...
Report: CAS Could Reduce Suarez Ban    
An unnamed source from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) tells Goal.com that Luis Suarez's ...
Spurs Signs Vorm, Davies; Swans Sign Sigurdsson    
Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday signed Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Wales defender Ben Davies from ...
Stoke Signs Krkic From Barcelona    
Stoke City on Tuesday completed the signing of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona. Krkic, 23, became the ...
Report: Lampard Completes NYCFC Move     
Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has completed a move to new MLS franchise New York City ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives