AFCON 2017: Senegal, Tunisia & Algeria In Group Of Death [See Full Draw]The Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualified for next year's African Cup of Nations, but the competition will witness some big face-offs as former African champions Algeria and Tunisia have been drawn in a tough looking Group B alongside Senegal and Zimbabwe in an event that was held at Libreville, Gabon, Wednesday night.
Apart from the fiery North African derby between Algeria and Tunisia, the much-improved Senegal side could light up the tournament.
Defending champions Ivory Coast were drawn alongside DR Congo, Togo and Morocco in a competitive Group C that will see the Elephants go up against the coach who led them to the Afcon title in 2015.
Morocco coach Herve Renard led the Ivorians to the title in Equatorial Guinea, having also achieved a similar feat with Zambia in 2012.
The Leopards of DR Congo will also fancy their chances in the group, while Togo without the towering Emmanuel Adebayor, come in as underdogs.
Hosts Gabon shouldn’t have much trouble making the knockout rounds of the competition having been drawn alongside Burkina Faso, Cameroon and debutants Guinea-Bissau in Group A.
Egypt, who eliminated Nigeria en route the event, will have their hands full in Group D alongside Ghana, Mali and Uganda.
There’d been fears over the finals earlier this year when political unrest followed disputed presidential elections that saw incumbent Ali Bongo reelected, but the situation has greatly improved.
Group stage matches in the competition will be concluded January 25, while quarter-final matches will be played on January 28 and 29.
Semi-final matches are scheduled for February 1st and 2nd, with third place scheduled for February 4.
The final of the competition will hold on February 5 in Libreville.
The Complete Draw
Group A: Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau
Group B: Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe
Group C: Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Morocco, Togo
Group D: Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda