THE 2016 African Cup of Nations Championships (CHAN) draw has set up a Southern African derby, pitting Zimbabwe and neighbours Zambia, according to the draw conducted in Kigali, Rwanda, last night.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Zimbabwe were one of the seeded teams together with the hosts Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia.
A total of 16 teams were drawn in four groups with Zimbabwe drawn in Group D, that also has neighbours Zambia, West African giants Mali and Uganda.
The Warriors have qualified for every edition of the CHAN tournament since its inauguration in 2009. They also appeared in 2011 and 2014.
Kalisto Pasuwa qualified the Warriors for the tournament to be held in Rwanda in January next year, after overcoming Lesotho 4-2 on aggregate.
The tournament which is designed exclusively for the home-based players, will get underway from January 16 running through to February 7, 2016.
Group A fixtures will take place at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Group B in Butare, Group C at the Nyamirambo Stadium, also in Kigali, while Gisenyi will host Group D.
Libya were crowned CHAN winners in the last edition, which took place in South Africa, however they have failed to qualify for the tournament.
Group A: Rwanda, Gabon, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire
Group B: DR Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia
Group C: Tunisia, Nigeria Niger, Guinea
Group D: Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda, Zambia