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3 Newcastle players discover draw for African Cup of Nations finals

6 years ago
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The draw for the finals of the African Cup of Nations took place earlier today.

Morocco refused to host the competition due to fears of the Ebola virus spreading, with Equatorial Guinea stepping in as a late replacement.

The draw was hosted in the capital city Malabo and the countries were divided into four pots.

Pot 1: Equatorial Guinea (hosts), Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia

Pot 2: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia

Pot 3: Cape Verde, South Africa, Gabon, DR Congo

Pot 4: Cameroon, Senegal, Guinea, Congo

One from each pot was drawn out to form each group and as you can see, Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast Pot 1), Papiss Cisse (Senegal Pot 4) and Mehdi Abeid (Algeria Pot 2) were all in different pots with the potential of their countries meeting in the group stage.

The draw was made as follows.

Group A: Equatorial Guinea (hosts), Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso

Group B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia

Group C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria

Group D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

So Papiss Cisse and Mehdi Abeid will be meeting each other if selected, with Cheick Tiote’s Ivory Coast in Group D.

All three of these potential African Nations Newcastle players could be missing for up to six weeks in the new year. Last night at Burnley would have seen a bit of a different team if it had been missing the two central midfield players and the only goalscorer.

The tournament runs January 17 to February 8 but from past experience, players tend to head off for training camps just after the turn of the year, meaning Burnley at home on New Year’s day is likely to be the last match before any competing players head off.

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