Zambia 'happy' with Group A draw for 2012 Nations Cup

Tony Sylva (in purple) and Souleymane Camara
Tony Sylva (seen here with Souleymane Camara) believes the 2012 Nations Cup draw has been kind to Senegal, a side that has never won the tournament before

No-one knows more about Equatorial Guinea's chances at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations than coach Henri Michel.

And the Frenchman leading the co-hosts makes it clear that he expects little from the Nzalang Nacional.

"All the teams in the competition are better than us," Michel said after the draw, which paired him against Group A rivals Libya, Zambia and Senegal.

And former Teranga Lion Tony Sylva believes the draw has given his nation the chance of a maiden success.

"It's now or never for Senegal even if we must pay a great deal of attention to Equatorial Guinea and Libya, about whom we know little," the goalkeeper told Senegalese media.

Meanwhile, Zambian officials have reacted with rather more caution to Saturday night's draw in Malabo.

"Equatorial Guinea are a new kettle of fish for us," George Kasengele, the General-Secretary of the Football Association of Zambia (Faz), told the BBC.

"There are no easy games in Africa any more and the fact that we are playing the host nation gives it a new dimension altogether - but I'm happy."

And he says he is also happy to be in a group with Libya, despite the fact that Chipolopolo were beaten 1-0 away by the north African side and held to a goalless draw at home in the qualifying campaign.

Senegal will clearly fancy their chances of going through top of this pool because they were in excellent form in the preliminaries - earning five wins and a draw from a group which also included Cameroon.

"We haven't met Senegal in quite a long time and that's our first game of the competition - but it's a good draw and we're happy," Kasengele said.

Zambia met Senegal in the 2002 Nations Cup, in a game the Teranga Lions only won 1-0 thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Souleymane Camara.