The Blackstars of Ghana have been drawn in Group D of AFCON 2017 alongside Egypt, Mali and Uganda as the draw was made yesterday in Libreville, Gabon.
Egypt, Ghana and Uganda will be tired of the sight of each other having been drawn together in Group D only four months after they were placed in the same group for 2018 World Cup qualifying.
Seven-time African champions Egypt will be eager to revive their dominance after some years of under-performing, while Ghana are desperate to win their first title since 1982 and go one better than the runners-up spot they achieved last year and in 2012 and 1992.
Uganda’s last appearance at the tournament was in 1978, when they lost in the final to Ghana.
Gabon kick off the tournament on 14 January, with the final on 5 February.
The hosts appear to have been fortunate in the draw, pitched in Group A alongside debutants Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon and Burkina Faso.
This years competition has been described as the most open for years so promises to be an exciting team. Though one notable absentee are the 2013 winners Nigeria who failed to qualify.
The full group draw is as follows;
2017 AFCON – GROUP STAGES
Group A: Gabon (Hosts), Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Burkina Faso
Group B: Algeria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Senegal
Group C: Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo
Group D: Ghana, Egypt, Mali, Uganda
Will 2017 be the year Ghana finally end their 34 year wait for glory? Lets hope so!
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