Uganda will face Morocco in Chan group stages. Courtesy photo
The 2020 CHAN Draw
*Group A – Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe
*Group B – Libya, DR. Congo, Congo, Niger
*Group C – Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo
*Group D – Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania
Uganda will face defending champions Morocco at 2020 CHAN finals as the Cranes learned their group stage opponents on Monday.
Neighbours Rwanda who hosted the 2016 event and Togo who eliminated Nigeria to qualify, are the other group C opponents.
Jonathan Mckinstry and Abdallah Mubiru helped Uganda qualifiy for CHAN after beating Somalia and Burundi in the earlier stages.
The tournament is going to be played on April 4-25th, 2020 in Cameroon with the hosts facing Zimbabwe in the opener.
The draw was held at Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in the Cameroonian capital.
Conducting the draw were Cameroonian legends Stephen Tataw Eta who captained the Indomitable Lions at the 1990 and 1994 editions of the FIFA World Cup and René Salomon Olembé-Olembé who also played for Marseille, Leeds and Wigan among others.
Uganda Cranes will miss Allan Okello and Joel Madondo who have joined Paradou (Algeria) and Wydad (Morocco) after helping the team qualify to CHAN.
It should be noted that CHAN teams must be composed of players who play in their countries’ national leagues.
This will be the sixth edition and Cameroon will host the finals after Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripped Ethiopia of the rights.
The Cranes missed the inaugural edition in 2009 which was hosted by Ivory Coast, but has since qualified to the subsequent five tourneys – 2011Sudan, 2014 South Africa, 2016 Rwanda, 2018 Morocco and 2020 Cameroon.
Uganda will be hoping for an improved performance after failing to get past the group stages in all their four outings.
In the last edition, in 2018, the Cranes finished third in Group B with just one point below Zambia and Namibia in a pool that also had Ivory Coast.
In the groups, there will be an interesting tie between DR Congo and Congo (Brazzaville) while Tanzania’s Taifa Stars have Namibia, Guinea and Zambia.
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Past CHAN Finals
*2009 (in Ivory Coast): DR Congo 2-0 Ghana
*2011 (in Sudan): Tunisia 3-0 Angola
*2014 (in South Africa): Libya 0(4)-0(3) Ghana
*2016 (in Rwanda): DR Congo 3-0 Mali
*2018 (in Morocco): Morocco 4-0 Nigeria
Note – Eight teams played in the inaugural edition before the countries were increased to 16.