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Young Warriors in easy 2015 African Games draw
11/07/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
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THE Young Warriors have been drawn in what appears an easy draw for the 2015 African Congo, Brazzaville Games after they were put in Group A along with hosts Congo, Sudan and Burkina Faso.

The draw took place on Thursday, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The Young Warriors, who beat Cameroon to the sole ticket for the tournament after edging them 1-0 in the first leg in Harare before drawing 1-1 in the second leg in Yauonde, appear favourites to top their group as they had modest performances in the previous editions. 

Kalisto Pasuwa’s men will be making a third appearance at the finals, having managed modest performances in 1991 (Cairo, Egypt) - fourth place and a silver medal four years later on home soil while Sudan will be making their maiden appearance in the history of the eight-team tournament.

But defending champions Ghana have been handed a tough draw for the African Games Brazzaville 2015 after being drawn with rivals Nigeria and two-time winners, Egypt.

Senegal complete the quartet of Group B for the men’s final tournament of the 11th edition of the quadrennial multisport event fixed for 3-18 September 2015, with matches mainly in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.

Ghana Black Meteors would come up against oppositions very familiar at the podium of the tournament since its inception in 1965, in their quest to defend the title they won for the first time four years ago in Maputo, Mozambique.

Besides Cameroon, the most successful side in the history of the championship with four gold medals, the Pharaohs of Egypt have been crowned champions twice, 1987 (Nairobi, Kenya) and 1995 (Harare, Zimbabwe) whereas Nigeria’s only triumph came on home soil in Lagos in 1973.

The last meeting between the Ghanaians and their Nigerian counterparts was during the 2003 edition, where the latter as hosts humbled their opponents 3-0 at the semis before going on to lose 2-0 to Cameroon in the final.

Senegal were not really impressive on their initial two appearances in 1987 and 2003 (Abuja, Nigeria), but left a huge mark at the last edition four years ago, with a fourth place finish.

DRAW

Group A: Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso

Group B: Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Nigeria



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