Ghana, Ivory Coast top seeds in African Cup draw

Ghana and Ivory Coast joined African Cup of Nations co-hosts

Gabon and Equatorial Guinea as the top-seeded teams in the draw for

next year’s tournament.

The Confederation of African Football decided Wednesday that

four-time champion Ghana and 1992 winner Ivory Coast would be top

seeds in Group B and D, respectively, based on previous record and

qualifying performance.

Equatorial Guinea is the top seed in Group A and Gabon leads

Group C for the four-group, 16-team event.

The other 12 teams will be seeded into groups at the Oct. 29

draw in Equatorial Guinea’s capital city of Malabo.

The continental championship will be played from Jan. 21 to Feb.

12 in four cities across the pair of West African countries.