The African Nations Cup begins in January and Ghana has been handed a fairly difficult draw for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. West African rivals Mali and Guinea will be in Group D alongside Botswana. With champions Egypt and some of Africa’s other major powers not qualifying, the tournament also sees former World Cup qualifiers Angola paired with Ivory Coast, Sudan and Burkina Faso in Group B. Morocco and Tunisia will clash in Group C, with debutants Niger and Gabon; while hosts Equatorial Guinea will play the newly liberated Libya, along with Senegal and Zambia.
ESPN reports tonight that “Senegal secured their place in next year’s African Nations Cup with a 2-0 win over DR Congo. Moussa Sow put Senegal in front in the 35th minute and, although they had a second ruled out for offside before half-time, Sow found the net again in the 52nd minute to secure the points and lock-up qualification.” This puts Cameroon on the brink of elimination from the the qualification tournament, which would leave them out of the Africa Cup of Nations on January 21 through February 12 in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will be hosting the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which will be the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. The two countries defeated bids from two previous winners, Angola and Libya as well as a Nigerian bid. As Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are the hosts, they will automatically be qualified to the tournament. They join Botswana and Côte d’Ivoire who have also already qualified as winners of their respective groups. The opening match, one semi-final and the third place match will be held in Equatorial Guinea while the other semi-final and the final will be held in Gabon. The two stadiums that will be used in Equatorial Guinea are Estadio de Bata and the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo. The draw for the finals will take place on the 29th October, 2011.