The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the draws for the 2015 African Nations Cup to be held in Morocco.
According to a BBC sports report, Nigeria have drawn South Africa in one of seven qualifying groups. North African rivals Tunisia and Egypt will face each other; Ghana will meet Togo, and Ivory Coast and Cameroon are drawn together.
Three teams were drawn in each group at Sunday’s ceremony. A fourth team will emerge from two more qualifying rounds.
Eventually, the group winners and runners-up will go through to the 2015 finals, as will the best third-placed side and the hosts Morocco.
• Liberia v Lesotho
• Kenya v Comoros Islands
• Madagascar v Uganda
• Mauritania v Equatorial Guinea
• Namibia v Congo
• Libya v Rwanda
• Burundi v Botswana
• Central African Republic v Guinea Bissau
• Swaziland v Sierra Leone
• Gambia v Seychelles
• Sao Tome e Principe v Benin
• Malawi v Chad
• Tanzania v Zimbabwe
• Mozambique v South Sudan
These are all two-legged qualifiers, with the team named first hosting the opening leg on the weekend of 16-18 May. The return leg will be played on the weekend of 30-31 May and 1 June. The aggregate winners advance to the second round:
• Liberia or Lesotho v Kenya or Comoros Islands
• Madagascar or Uganda v Mauritania or Equatorial Guinea
• Namibia or Congo v Libya or Rwanda
• Burundi or Botswana v Central African Republic or Guinea Bissau
• Swaziland or Sierra Leone v Gambia or Seychelles
• Sao Tome e Principe or Benin v Malawi or Chad
• Tanzania or Zimbabwe v Mozambique or South Sudan
These are all two-legged qualifiers, with the team named first hosting the opening leg on the weekend of 18-20 July. The return leg will be played on the weekend of 1-3 August. The aggregate winners advance to the group stage.
Group A : Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa – plus winners of: Namibia vs Congo Brazzaville/Libya vs Rwanda
Group B : Mali, Ethiopia, Algeria – plus winners of: Sao Tome e Principe vs Benin/Malawi vs Chad
Group C: Burkina Faso, Gabon, Angola – plus winners of: Liberia vs Lesotho/Kenya vs Comoros Islands
Group D: Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon – plus winners of: Swaziland vs Sierra Leone/Gambia vs. Seychelles
Group E: Ghana, Guinea, Togo – plus winners of: Madagascar vs Uganda/Mauritania vs Equatorial Guinea
Group F: Zambia, Niger, Cape Verde Islands – plus winners of: Tanzania vs Zimbabwe/Mozambique vs South Sudan
Group G: Tunisia, Senegal, Egypt – plus winners of: Burundi vs Botswana/ Central African Republic vs Guinea Bissau
The top two countries in each group, plus the best third-placed finisher qualify for the finals along with the hosts Morocco.
The group matches will be played 5-6 September and 10 September; 10-11 October and 15 October; 14-15 November and 19 November