Warriors in tough CHAN draw

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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.

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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

5 COMMENTS

  1. It seems we love being in the group of death, More often than not, we always say we in the group of death though its not always the case. Considering performances at AFCON & World Cup qualifiers, ours is the weakest group, only Mali and Zambia are perennial campaigners. Considering the performances at CHAN, i dont think i will be very wrong to say that we are miles ahead of the other teams in our group.

  2. The article never said we are in the group of death, it says “warrior’s in tough chan draw, always read before you rush to comment .

  3. According to your view Mr reporter,if we take Zimbabwe and put it in another group at random, it would be still in a tough group. I think your analysis is based on the ‘names’ rather than entire performance of countries. Countries like South Africa,Ghana, Algeria and Egypt failed to qualify. This clearly shows that names are not important in as far as this competition is concerned. Basing on historical performance, Zimbabwe have the highest probability of winning the CHAN. Therefore there is no a tough group among all the groups for our Warriors. GO WARRIORS GO!

  4. Ladza a school teacher? Well, you’re spot on, no mention of “Zim in Group of Death” in the source report! Based on country names and/or AFCON/World Cup pedigree and/or teams’ past record vs. Zim, then we probably got (Group D) the easiest, if not fair, CHAN 2016 draw!

    However, this “Group of Death’ or “Tough Draw” phobia suggests an element of cowardice! Why should Zim wish for an easy draw when they should be aiming to actually win the CHAN 16 title? We should always get tough draws and learn to eliminate the tough hurdles to the title ourselves rather than celebrate empty bravado of getting into, say, quarter finals at the expense of apparently weak Group Stage opponents!

    In my opinion, after several COSAFA titles and having been seeded at the Kigali draw (which suggests decent past CHAN record), Zim’s ambition must be to bring the CHAN 2016 title to Harare!!

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