By: Gracious Akujobi
First-time qualifiers Nigeria will play against host South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group A of the 2014 African Nations Championship.
At the Draw held in CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, the Eagles were also drawn to play Mali’s other Eagles in the first match, with the games taking place at Green Point Stadium – one of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. South Africa plays Mozambique in the tournament’s opening match, at the same venue.
Group B will see Zimbabwe, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Morocco do battle at the Athlone Stadium, also in Cape Town.
Ghana play Congo-Brazzaville in the opening match of Group C with Libya and Ethiopia also involved. All the matches will take place at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.
New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane will host Group D matches involving Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Burundi and Mauritania.