Heavyweights conspicuous by their absence from Nations Cup draw

Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:09am GMT

The lowest tier of teams is made up of newcomers Botswana and Niger plus Libya and Sudan, who qualified at the weekend in the best runners-up slots.

The seedings were determined on previous Nations Cup tournament results.

Four venues are being used for the three week tournament. Group A will be based in Bata and Group B in Malabo. Group C is based in Franceville and Group D in Libreville, the Gabonese capital which also hosts the final.

Egypt's Al-Sayed Hamdy (R) is challenged by South Africa's Bongani Khumalo during their 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier soccer match  in Johannesburg, March 26 2011. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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