Johannesburg - A blockbuster group including Ghana, Nigeria,
Egypt and Senegal came out of the 2015 All-Africa Games football tournament
draw made in Cairo Thursday.
The other mini-league for the September 3-18 event comprises
hosts Congo Brazzaville, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso.
Staged every four years, the All-Africa Games are called the
'African Olympics' with football, athletics and swimming usually the chief
Originally open to all footballers, the tournament has been
restricted to under-23 stars for some time.
Ghana are the defending champions after edging South Africa
in a penalty shootout after a draw in the 2011 final in Mozambique.
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Egypt have been crowned All-Africa Games champions twice and
Nigeria once and both appear capable of top-two finishes and semi-final places.
Ghana pipped Mozambique to qualify for Brazzaville, Nigeria
overcame Gabon comfortably and Zambia narrowly, and Egypt were far too good for
Kenya and Burundi.
Senegal edged Mali on away goals to secure their place.
Congo boast a powerful squad coached by legendary Frenchman
Claude le Roy and seem the strongest Group A outfit.
As hosts, a Congolese team containing several senior
national team stars did not have to qualify.
Congo hosted the first All-Africa Games in 1965 and won the
football competition in novel fashion, defeating Mali 7-1 on a corner count
after a goalless draw.
Sudan eliminated Ethiopia and South Africa to qualify,
Zimbabwe upset Cameroon and Burkina Faso surprised Ivory Coast.
Group A: Congo Brazzaville (hosts), Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burkina
Group B: Ghana (holders), Senegal, Egypt, Nigeria
Note: tournament to be played between September 3 and 18 in
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