Emmanuel Adebayor-inspired Togo complete Group D, which will be based in the north-western mining town of Rustenburg, and it looks the toughest of the four mini-leagues for the January 19-February 10 tournament.
The star-studded Ivorians will be particularly wary of Algeria, who came from behind twice at the 2010 tournament in Angola to stun the ‘Elephants’ 3-2 after extra time.
South Africa kicks off the tournament against shock qualifiers Cape Verde Islands and Angola and Morocco complete Group A with most of the action set for Indian Ocean city Durban.
Bafana Bafana (The Boys) defeated Angola 1-0 en route to winning the tournament at the first attempt in 1996 and can boast of two victories over Morocco in subsequent editions.
Defending champions Zambia come up against Nigeria, back after missing the 2012 finals, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in Group C based in the north-eastern city of Nelspruit near the world famous Kruger National Park.
Ghana and Mali, who clashed twice during the 2012 tournament in
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, renew a long rivalry in Port Elizabeth-based Group B with Niger and Democratic of Congo completing the line-up.
The 24-year-old who joined French Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne from English second-tier club Leeds United also heaped praise on Sabri Lamouchi, a surprise choice as coach after the contract of Francois Zahoui was not renewed this year.
Former champions Cameroon and Egypt will be notable absentees -- both failing to qualify for the second consecutive time -- and 2012 co-hosts Equatorial Guinea and Gabon did not make it either.
South Africa are utilizing five 2010 World Cup stadiums -- Soccer City in Johannesburg, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Mbombela in Nelspruit, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg -- for the African showcase.