Angola: 'Group B is the toughest' at 2012 Nations Cup

Ivory Coast's Elephants
Ivory Coast are many people's favourites to win the 2012 Cup of Nations, with the Elephants currently Africa's top-ranked side

Group B at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is the most difficult, says the head of Angola's football federation.

The grouping sees Africa's top Fifa-ranked side, Ivory Coast, taking on Angola, Sudan and Burkina Faso.

"I think our group is the most difficult and our chances are very small," football federation chief Pedro Neto told BBC Sport.

"Both Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso were first in their qualifying groups, so leaving Sudan at our level."

Sudan qualified for January's finals as one of the two best runners-up, while Angola only secured their passage on the last day of qualifying.

"We can play Sudan without problems, meaning that we have some possibilities to win, but it will be difficult."

However, Neto was happy with one aspect of the draw - the fact that Group B will be based in the Equato-Guinean capital.

Malabo staged the draw on Saturday night and has impressed visitors with its facilities.

"The conditions in Malabo are very good," said Neto, whose side open Group B against Burkina Faso on 22 January.

They follow with a clash against Sudan on 26 January, before finishing off against the Ivorians four days later.

Ivory Coast's Elephants have represented Africa at the last two World Cups but have not reached the final of Africa's premier football event since 2006.

Their last triumph came in 1992 and with the absence of defending champions Egypt, Nigeria and Cameroon next January, the Ivorians are seen by many as tournament favourites - along with 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana.

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