Ghana’s Black Stars have been drawn against Malawi in the final round of qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Malawi qualified for the final round after beating Chad 4-3 on agregate while Ghan were on bye in the last round.
Ivory Coast will face Senegal in a tie that will see two west African giants go head-to-head, depriving one of a finals berth in South Africa.
The draw, made in Johannesburg on Thursday, also sees champions Zambia face Uganda, while Libya will meet north African rivals Algeria.
The ties will be played out over two legs between 7-9 September and 12-14 October.
The Teranga Lions’ draw represents the toughest possible start for new Senegal coach Joseph Koto, who has just been appointed to the role.
Nigeria, who missed out on the 2012 finals, will come up against Liberia.
Seven-time African champions Egypt were absent from the draw after being eliminated by Central African Republic.
CAR, who became the 30th team to make the final round of qualifying, when they triumphed over the Pharoahs 4-3 on aggregate last Saturday , will face Burkina Faso.
South Africa qualify for the 2013 tournament as hosts.
The full list of fixtures are:
Mali v Botswana
Zimbabwe v Angola
Ghana v Malawi
Liberia v Nigeria
Zambia v Uganda
Cape Verde Islands v Cameroon
Mozambique v Morocco
Sierra Leone v Tunisia
Guinea v Niger
Sudan v Ethiopia
Libya v Algeria
Ivory Coast v Senegal
DR Congo v Equatorial Guinea
Gabon v Togo
Central African Republic v Burkina Faso
The first team plays at home in the first leg.