Afcon 2017: Ghana in Group D with World Cup qualifying opponents Egypt and Uganda

The draw for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday pitted Ghana’s Black Stars against two of their World Cup qualifying opponents, Egypt and Uganda as well as Mali in Group D of the competition.

The 31st edition of the Total Africa Cup of Nations comes off in Gabon from January 14 to February 5, 2017.

All teams in Ghana’s group, D, will be based in the city of Port-Gentil and play at the newly-constructed 25,000-seater capacity Stade de Port-Gentil.

The Black Stars will kick off their campaign for an elusive fifth continental title against the Cranes of Uganda on January 17 before facing Mali four days later and completing the group games on January 25 against Egypt who are back in the competition after a seven-year absence.

Quarter-finals games for the two teams to advance from Group D have been fixed for the Stade d’Oyem and Stade de Port-Gentil on January 29, 2017.

The first semi-final game is fixed for the 1st of February at Stade de L’Amitie while the second semi-final game comes off the following day at Stade de Franceville.

The third-place game will be held on February 4 at Stade de Port-Gentil, 24 hours before the final takes place at Stade de L’Amitie.

The opening ceremony will be held at Stade de l’Amitié after which hosts Gabon and Guinea Bissau face off in the first game of the competition on January 14, 2017.

The draw:

Group A: Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau

Group B: Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Group C: Ivory coast, DRC, Morocco, Togo

Group D: Ghana, Mali, Egypt and Uganda