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Summary

  1. Tournament from 17 January to 8 February
  2. Staged in Equatorial Guinea after Morocco pull out
  3. Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso
  4. Group B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia
  5. Group C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria
  6. Group D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Anyway that is all - for now.

The scene is set, the groups are known and everything is ready for the Africa Cup of Nations to begin in January.

The opening game will be Equatorial Guinea v Congo on 17 January and you can follow live text commentary of every game in the tournament on the BBC Sport website.

For now though, why not read more about

today's draw here.

Cheers for your company and cheerio.

Toure's final bow?

I wonder what Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure makes of the draw?

The Liverpool defender has revealed he will retire from international duty after the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 33-year-old made his debut against Rwanda in April 2000 and has gone on to win 109 caps.

He was part of the squad for the final 2015 qualifiers and is expected to be involved at the 17 January to 8 February finals in Equatorial Guinea. How he would love to end in style.

Stat attack

- There will be no debutants in January's tournament, with Equatorial Guinea and Cape Verde making their second appearance.

- Only Nigeria (2015) and Egypt (2012) have failed to qualify after winning the previous tournament.

John Bennett, BBC World Service: "Gabon and Burkina Faso - with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jonathan Pitroipa the star names - met in qualifying and will be the favourites to progress from Group A. Group B is wide open. Tunisia and Cape Verde eased through qualifying but both Zambia and DR Congo are in good form. Group C is a nightmare to call. Every match will be close. Meanwhile in Group D, Ivory Coast are reunited with Cameroon, who beat them 4-1 back in September."

Former Cup of Nations champions

Egypt
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Team mates become rivals

Leicester City team mates Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) and Jeff Schlupp (Ghana) will have plenty to talk about at training tomorrow with their countries drawn together in Group C.

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse (Senegal) and Mehdi Abeid (Algeria) will also come up against together in the 'group of death'.

Could be some good 'banter' there then...

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Some reaction on Twitter here to the draw:

Isaac Wolofar: Group C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria is NOT only the 'Group of Death'. It is the deadliest group ever. INSANE!

Ted Saker-Clark: Group C is group of death, predict Algeria and South Africa to scrape through

Conrad: Ghana drawn with Senegal, South Africa and Algeria plus K.Asamoah will miss the tournament. That's Ghana gone then.

Host cities

The host cities for each group have also been announced...

Group A - Bata

Group B - Ebibeyin

Group C - Mongomo

Group D - Malabo

John Bennett, BBC World Service: "Group C will grab all the headlines after that draw. It contains four teams who could all be considered as genuine contenders for the trophy. Algeria are tournament favourites after their excellent World Cup, Senegal have Premier League stars, South Africa were in great form in qualifying and Ghana are one of Africa's giants. It's a nightmare draw for all four teams."

But great fun for the rest of us John...

So the draw is concluded as more music floods the auditorium. What do you make of the groups? Let us know via

#bbcafcon2015 or post on the
BBC Sport Facebook page.

Former Cup of Nations champions

Africa Cup of Nations
AFP

BBC Africa's Nick Cavell: Hosts Equatorial Guinea drawn to face neighbours Gabon - they co-hosted the tournament in 2012. Ivory Coast and Cameroon meet in Group D - the two met in the qualifiers Cameroon won at home 4-1 and then it was a 0-0 draw in Abidjan.

Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Burkina Faso

Group B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde, Tunisia

Group C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Algeria

Group D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali

The last teams are now being drawn...

Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon

Group B: Zambia, DR Congo, Cape Verde

Group C: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa

Group D: Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon

BBC World Service's Joanne Smith from Malabo: "Oooos ! from the audience as giants Ghana and Senegal drawn in the same group!

"Big head to head in Group C."

Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Congo

Group B: Zambia, DR Congo

Group C: Ghana, Senegal

Group D: Ivory Coast, Guinea

BBC World Service's Joanne Smith: Huge applause for EG opponents in Group A, sound very happy with that match up

The opening match of the tournament will be....

Equatorial Guinea v Congo in Group A.

Draw master and Secretary General of the Confederation of African Football Hicham El Amrani is being helped by Mohamed Aboutreika (ex-Egyptian, multiple Afcon winner), Alphonse Tchami (ex-Cameroon & FIFA World Cup 1994, 1998) and former South Africa winning coach Shakes Mashaba.

In terms of the Africa Cup of Nations, these guys are legends.

The top seeds will be in...

Group A: Equatorial guinea

Group B: Zambia

Group: Zambia

Group D: Ivory Coast

We are underway...

Asamoah out

As the make up of the draw pots is explained, a bit of injury news and it is not great news for Avram Grant from the Ghana camp.

Juventus midfielder

Kwadwo Asamoah has been ruled out for at least three months and will miss the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 25-year-old had keyhole surgery on Tuesday to fix a cartilage problem in his left knee.

BBC World Service's Joanne Smith: "Still waiting for the draw to start but Equatorial Guinea sports minister Francisco Pascual says his government is aware that it's going to be a big challenge to host AFCON 2015. Speaking at the draw ceremony in Malabo he reassured the Confederation of African Football CAF that the country is ready, with the 4 host cities having good stadiums, hotels and medical facilities."

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Matthew Lowther: To win Cameroon, it can't get any worst for the lions, to flop Ghana, a generation who have failed to live up to the hype

Peter Strom: Look out for #BafanaBafana they will come loaded to break the party!

The Secretary General of the Confederation of African Football Hicham El Amrani is on stage. He is the draw master for tonight's ceremony so we are go...

BBC Africa's Nick Cavell: "According to my schedule Obiang was due to start his speech at 1835 GMT and be finished by 1841 GMT - looks like we are about 15 or so minutes behind schedule - so draw should start at around 1910 GMT.

A bit more music from the auditorium before the real business of the draw gets going. Not long now...

BBC Africa's Nick Cavell: "Former France international Alain Giresse is in the hall waiting for the draw his Senegal side are in the bottom pot of seeds but they had an impressive qualifying campaign that included two wins over Egypt. Their only loss in the qualifiers came at the hands of Tunisia who ended up topping Group G."

African player of the year

Yacine Brahimi
Reuters

One player who will be taking part in next year's tournament is Algeria and Porto winger Yacine Brahimi - who was voted the

BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014.

The 24-year-old midfielder becomes the first Algerian to win the award, which is decided by football fans, after helping his country reach the last 16 at the World Cup in Brazil for the first time.

Afcon
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BBC Africa's Nick Cavell: "The latest speech is coming from the President of Equatorial Guinea is Teodoro Obiang, who has been in power since 1979. He is giving his speech in Spanish the official language of Equatorial Guinea - the only Spanish speaking nation in Africa."

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aliphotography1: Winners: Algeria. Flops: Ivory Coast. One(s) to watch: The Referees.

The Africa Cup of Nations trophy is presented on stage. Who will be lifting it come February? Let us know via #bbcafcon2015 or on the

BBC Sport Facebook page.

Caf president Issay Hayatou: "I thank His Excellency Teodoro Obiang Mbasoko on behalf of CAF. We acknowledge your decision to host the tournament in less than two months a courageous decision worth mentioning for an emerging African country."

I reckon the start of the actual draw is now about 20 minutes away.

We have had plenty of music, some fine tunes it has to be said, we have had the welcome speeches and now Caf president Issa Hayatou is speaking...

Grant back in the game

Avram Grant
PA

Remember this man? Of course you do.

Former

Chelsea boss Avram Grant has been appointed the new coach of Ghana and has signed a 27-month deal - finishing after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Grant has only six weeks to prepare the Black Stars for the 2015 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and has been given a target of "doing well" at the upcoming tournament and to win the event two years later.

Grant is the 32nd head coach of the Black Stars in 57 years. In that time they have also had three caretaker coaches. No pressure Avram...

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Ben Mittlelman: The Foxes (Algeria) will win it, their striker Brahimi is the player to watch, and I would like to watch Ghana side under Avram Grant.

We are also gathering your predictions from @bbclovefootball on Twitter.

It's funny you should mention Avram Ben...

An "imperfect tournament"

Confederation of African Football president

Issa Hayatou has admitted he expects an "imperfect" hosting of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Equatorial Guinea have only weeks to prepare for the 17 January to 8 February tournament after replacing original hosts Morocco on 14 November.

Hayatou told BBC Sport: "If I say there will be no problems, I would be lying. In two months we can't bring together everything that is needed without there being some imperfections."

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A few more of your tips for the tournament here.

Haydn Price: Winners: Algeria Flop: Ivory Coast (no more Drogba) Team to watch: Senegal Player to watch: Christian Atsu

Nii Aryee: Ghana Ivory Coast or Algeria to win. Ghana, Ivory Coast or SA to flop

Tom Sutherland: Winners: Burkina Faso, Flops: Ghana, Player to watch: Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria).

Caf president Issa Hayatou is welcomed on stage as the excitement builds in Malabo ahead of the draw... Plenty of applause as expected.