2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Three countries Ghana should avoid in today's draw

Published on: 12 April 2019

The senior national team of Ghana, The Black Stars have been placed in pot 2 together with Mali, DR Congo, Algeria, Ivory Coast and Guinea ahead of the draw for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

This means Ghana will not face any of these countries in the group stage of the competition in Egypt which is scheduled between June and July.

The Black Stars, a four-time Africa champion will draw one country from first, third and fourth pot respectively.

Pot 1: Senegal

The first pot contains Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria, Cameroon and Senegal. It consists of major powerhouses in African football but the Teranga Lions of Senegal are the team to avoid.

Senegal are unbeaten in their last six games and they are  first in the FIFA ranking. The team are definitely going to be a huge test for the Black Stars so it is better to avoid them at such early stage.

Cameroon are better option, considering the fellow West African country were defeated 4-0 in Uyo during one of 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Pot 3: Guinea Bissau

Uganda, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Zimbabwe, Angola and Burundi have all been pitted in Pot three.

Guinea Bissau qualified for the AFCON tournament as group winners with 9 points and lost once throughout the qualifying round.

The Black Stars should try to avoid the team from western part of the continent.

Pot 4:  Kenya

This is the last seed and it consists of Mauritania, Namibia, Benin, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.

There is no team capable of causing havoc to Kwesi Appiah's men on paper, however, the West African side should not underrate the power of underdogs.

Kenya could be one of the toughest opponents the Stars would like to face in the group stage after toiling to overcome them during the qualifying campaign.

The Harambee Stars inflicted a 1-0 defeat on the West Africans before losing the reverse fixture by the same margin.

The East Africans do not boast of flamboyant players as the core of the team are local-based, but with the experience of Victor Wanyama in the middle of the park could prove crucial to their chances of making it to the next round of the competition.