The draw for the African Nations Championship (Chan) has thrown up some tricky ties for Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries representing the region at the continental tournament.
The draw for Chan, which was held on Monday evening at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in Yaounde, Cameroon brought up tricky ties for five SADC countries.
The draw threw Zimbabwe directly into the firing line as the SADC nation will open the tournament against hosts, Cameroon on 4 April. Zimbabwe will also have to tackle Mali and Burkina Faso in group A.
Zimbabwe has to be worry of the Indomitable Lions, who are taking part in the Chan tournament for the fourth time and will look to improve their best performances that saw them reach the quarter finals on two occasions, Sudan 2011 and Rwanda 2016.
Burkina Faso are playing in the tournament for the third time and Mali lost the 2016 final to DRC.
In group B, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected to progress in a group that consists of Libya, Congo, and Niger.
DRC is the tournament’s most successful team while Libya are 2014 champions.
Regional neighbours, Namibia, Zambia, and Tanzania will battle for two available spots in group D alongside west African representatives, Guinea.
Group C, which consists of Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda and Togo completes the 16 – team tournament, which is only eligible to players playing in in their own countries’ leagues.
Morocco are defending champions and will square out with debutante Togo in their opening match. Togo qualified for their first ever Chan after beating 2018 finalists Nigeria in the final qualification round.
Eastern Africa representatives Uganda are no pushovers as they have qualified for every edition.
The tournament will be held in Cameroon for the first time ever from April 4-25. The cities of Douala, Limbe and the capital Yaounde will host the matches in the three week bonanza.