Co-hosts Guinea and Equatorial Guinea, by virtue of being co hosts for the upcoming 28th edition of the biannual Africa Cup of Nations, are top-seeded ahead of the draw that will be held on 29 October 2011.
Other than the two co-hosts, the other 14 qualified teams have been seeded based on their performances during the last three Africa Cup of Nations; 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions.
Factoring in a coefficient in those editions, Ghana (22 points) has emerged top and followed by Cote d’Ivoire (17) meaning the two plus the co-hosts will be in Pot 1.
Pot 2 will have Angola (9), Tunisia (9), Zambia and Guinea (both six points). Pot 3 has Senegal and Mali who both have five points as well as Morocco and Guinea both on three points.
The final Pot 4 is made up of the two best runners up qualifiers Sudan and Libya as well as the first qualified team Botswana and Group ‘G’ winners Niger.
From the seeding, Equatorial Guinea will be in Group ‘A’ and four-time Champion Ghana in Group ‘B’. Gabon has been placed in Group ‘C’ while 1992 Champions Cote d'Ivoire are in Group ‘D’.
The draw for the event that will run from 21 January through to 12 February 2011 will be held at Equatorial Guinea's capital City of Malabo.