Africa Cup of Nations draw: Holders Zambia pooled with Nigeria

The Chipolopolo have been drawn with the Super Eagles - unbeaten in 2012 - in the group stage, while hosts South Africa open their campaign against first-timers Cape Verde
S Africa Ghana     Zambia    Cote d'I. 
Angola    Mali        Nigeria   Tunisia  
Morocco   Niger       B Faso     Algeria  
C Verde   DR Congo Ethiopia Togo      

Holders Zambia face a tough defence of their Africa Cup of Nations crown next year after being paired with continental heavyweights Nigeria, along with Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, in the first round.

Hosts South Africa will play Cape Verde, who qualified after dispatching Cameroon, in the tournament's opening game after the pair were drawn together in Group A. Bafana Bafana will also face neighbours Angola as well as Morocco.

Cote d'Ivoire, finalists in 2012, will take on North African giants Tunisia and Algeria in Group D, along with a Togo side making their first appearance at the competition since the shootings at the Angolan edition in 2010.

Ghana, four time winners and one of the favourites again, were drawn in Group B and open up against DR Congo, managed by their former coach Claude Le Roy. The Black Stars will also face Mali and Niger.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations kick off on January 19, 2013, with the final taking place on February 10.