The senior national team, The Zebras will face a dilemma in the form of Seychelles in the first phase of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, whose final tournament will be staged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to the draw held on Wednesday at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, the Zebras squad will be drilled to face Seychelles first in Gaborone while the second and final leg will be played in Adidas Ababa. However, there is yet another quandary awaiting the squad who might soon find themselves with another new coach.
The draw for the qualifiers of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Ethiopia 2020 was held on Wednesday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on the sidelines of the Organizing Committee of the competition. The schedule (date and time) for this match will be communicated later. Should The Zebras eliminate Seychelles on aggregate, David Bright’s charges will progress to the next face of the qualifiers where an arguably trickier assignment against either Zambia or Malawi lies in wait.
The CHAN tournament will give gaffer Bright another opportunity to prove to critics that he is indeed the right man to lead the squad. The coach has been given four deliverables, with taking the Zebras to the finals of the Chan competition being one of them. The Zebras will be looking to play in the finals of the tournament for the first time since its inception in 2007. Forty-seven (47) teams are engaged in the battle for 15 places to join host Ethiopia for the final tournament of the sixth edition of the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
The draw was the highlight of the meeting of the 25-member committee, which saw the format and procedure approved. The format of the competition remains unchanged and will be played on a zonal basis to determine the finalists for Ethiopia. The creation of the African Nations Championship was a response to the desire to revive or strengthen national competitions regularly weakened by a mass exodus of top players who leave their home countries to play for foreign teams which will pay more and get them more media coverage.
Starting from the 2014 edition onwards, all the matches are recognized by FIFA as first team matches. The first tournament was held in 2009. It was hosted by Ivory Coast and won by The Democratic Republic of the Congo. The competition was expanded to 16 teams for the second tournament, held in Sudan in 2011.The tournament was won by Tunisia in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution. The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.
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