By Patrick Akoto
Ghana have drawn Mali, Niger and DR Congo in the group phase of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.
The draw for the continental showpiece was held on Wednesday night in South Africa.
The Black Stars are housed in group B where they will engage old foes Mali and DR Congo as well as Niger in Port Elizabeth.
Ghana and Mali have been drawn in the same group for the second time and the encounter will ignite bitter-sweet memories.
The Black Stars beat Mali 2-0 in the group phase at the 2012 Nations Cup held in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea but the Eagles avenged that defeat by overcoming the Black Stars by the same scoreline in the third-place play-off.
The Ghanaians will face former coach Claude Leroy who is now in charge of DR Congo.
The Congolese could be tricky customers with games between the two countries producing engrossing results.
The easiest task however could be the game against Niger, who will be making only their second Nations Cup appearance after beating Guinea in the qualifying round.
Group D could be described as the ‘group of death’ after favourites Cote D’voire were paired against North African giants Algeria and Tunisia as well as Togo.
Host South Africa are in group A and will battle Angola, Morocco and debutant Cape Verde in Durban.
Defending champions Zambia were also handed a tricky test in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in group C.
The 29th edition of the African Cup of Nations will take place between January 19-10 February, 2013.
Group A (Durban)
Group B (Port Elizabeth)
Group C (Mbombela)