Own Correspondent|Defending champions Morocco will play in Group C alongside Rwanda, Uganda and Togo in the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN), following the draw ceremony held Monday in Yaounde.
Morocco will square out with debutants Togo in their opening match. Togo qualified for their first ever CHAN after beating 2018 finalists Nigeria in the final qualification round.
Hosts Cameroon stay in Group A and will open the CHAN 2020 tournament, running from April 4 to 25, 2020, against Zimbabwe.
Cameroon sports officials expressed full confidence that the national football team will perform “exceptionally” after draw of 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) was conducted here on Monday evening.
“We have been waiting for this competition to come and we will undoubtedly strive to put in an exceptional performance. We are here in our land with the supporters behind us, so we have to work hard to reach the final,” Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi told reporters during the glamorous ceremony at the Yaounde Sports Complex.
Hosts Cameroon will face Mali, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe in Group A of the tournament.
“We are ready to face any team. We have been working hard in a bit to reach the finals and win the championship. So we are ready to win CHAN,” Cameroonian coach Yves Clement Arroga said.
Following is the CHAN 2020 final draw:
Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe
Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Niger
Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo
Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania
First held in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire, CHAN is played among the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified