Ghana face Malawi in AFCON qualifier in September
The four-time champions will host the Flames of Malawi in the first leg in Ghana over the weekend of September 7-9 with the teams clashing again over the weekend of October 7-9 in Lilongwe,Malawi
The Black Stars were one of the 15 seeded nations which included Zambia, Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and Tunisia.
Nations Cup,Held in even-number years since the 1968 finals in Ethiopia, the Cup of Nations switches to uneven-number years from 2013 to avoid every second tournament being held early in the same year as a World Cup.
Having to complete the qualifying process within a year meant scrapping the traditional mini-leagues in favour of a three-round home-and-away knockout system with the 16 qualifiers for 2012 receiving byes into the final round.
In other encounters Zambia launch their title defence with a home tie against Uganda, Nigeria comes up against Liberia.
Central African Republic, shock qualifiers for the round-of-30 draw at the expense of Egypt, were paired with Burkina Faso and have a good chance of winning and making a first appearance at the tournament.
Ethiopia, another country to upset the odds by ousting Benin, face Sudan in a spicey East African derby and another intriguing regional showdown pits Libya against Algeria.
A notable omission from the 30 countries involved in the draw were record seven-time champions Egypt, who surprisingly fell to Central African Republic during the first qualifying round last month.
The Pharaohs, winners of an unrivalled three consecutive titles between 2006 and 2010, will miss consecutive Cup of Nations tournaments for only the second time since the African football showcase was launched 55 years ago.
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