Malabo - Favourites Algeria were handed a difficult African Nations Cup draw on Wednesday, grouped with fellow World Cup finalists Ghana as well as form teams Senegal and South Africa, SuperSport reports.
Algeria are the highest African side in the Fifa rankings after reaching the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil earlier this year and winning five of their six Nations Cup qualifiers in the quick-fire three-month qualifying campaign.
South Africa finished top of a qualifying group in which holders Nigeria were eliminated while Senegal edged out record-winners Egypt.
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Ghana will go into the tournament with Avram Grant as their new coach after he was appointed to the job last week.
Hosts Equatorial Guinea, who stepped in to replace Morocco with just two months to prepare for the 16-team event that runs from January 17 to February 8, will open the tournament in Bata against Congo.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
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