Can Ghana escape Group of Death in 2015 AFCON draw?

Ghana could be drawn in the dreaded group of death in the final draw for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars are in Pot 1 for Wednesday’s draw alongside Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia – meaning these teams will not face each other at the group stage.

The four-time Africa champions however face the prospect of battling the likes of Algeria, Cameroon and Senegal in what will obviously be a group of death.

The Black Stars could similarly been drawn in a group alongside Tunisia, South Africa and DR Congo – another tough permutation by all means.

In fact, Ghana will be drawing one team from each pot except from the one they reside in – Pot 1.

Pot 1: Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia
Pot 2: Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria
Pot 3: Cape Verde, South Africa, Cameroon, Gabon
Pot 4: Guinea, Senegal, DR Congo, Congo

Ghana will however fancy their chances of getting out of any group their drawn into on Wednesday by virtue of their recent record at the Nations Cup.

The West African giants have finished at least at the semi finals stage since 2008 when they hosted the competition on home soil.

The Black Stars have also during that period came within a whisker of winning the Nations Cup in 2010 only to be denied by Egypt in Angola.

Ghana will however be going to January’s showpiece with an awkward lowered expectation on the team following the appointment of former Chelsea boss Avram Grant as coach.

The Israeli trainer is only required by the Ghana FA to ‘do well’ with the side in Equatorial Guinea.

There are some who disagree with this assertion as the nation has gone without winning the coveted African prize for over three decades now.

The team’s relatively slumped performance – especially after their disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign suggests to a not too hopeful time ahead.

The fact however remains that the Black Stars remain very much a force to reckon with and will thus fancy their chances in whichever group they find themselves in.