The draw Ceremony for the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations tournament for senior national teams in the sub –region scheduled for September took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Thursday. The competition has been scheduled for September 9 -24, and teams are expected to feature players plying their trade in their countries.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana, with Mali and Guinea also involved in a format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals.
All the teams in Group A will play in Takoradi, the twin city of Sekondi that also hosted matches during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles are drawn to play Sierra Leone. Other teams in Group A are The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania and Guinea Bissau.
Group B will compete in Cape Coast. 2015 African champions Cote d’Ivoire headline the pool that also has Senegal, Burkina Faso and Benin Republic, with Liberia, Niger Republic, Togo and Cape Verde also involved.
Ghana and Nigeria have seven African titles between them, with the Super Eagles and the Black Stars featuring in the last two FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa (2010) and Brazil (2014).
The Nigeria Football Federation’s Director of Competitions, Ayobola Oyeyode, represented Nigeria at the ceremony.