15 November 2015 05:29
Host Rwanda have been handed a tricky draw for next year’s Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) Rwanda 2016.
The host nation was drawn in Group A alongside Gabon, Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire for the fourth edition of the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
Winners of the maiden edition in 2009, DR Congo are housed in Group B with 2011 losing finalists Angola, Cameroon and Ethiopia.
Group C has 2011 champions, Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger and debutants Guinea with Zimbabwe, one of two teams to have competed at every edition of the CHAN since its birth in 2009, in Group D with Mali, Uganda and Zambia.
The draw was held on Sunday, 15 November 2015 at the plush Serena Hotel in Kigali, with CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani conducting the draw with the assistance of Rwanda captain Haruna Niyonzima and head coach of the Rwanda women’s national team Marie Grace Umuntu.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame chaired the function, whilst CAF 2 nd Vice President Almamy Kabele Camara led the delegation from the continent’s soccer governing body.
Kabele Camara is also president of the Organising Committee of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The final tournament of the Orange CHAN 2016 will take place from 16 January to 7 February 2016 in Rwanda.
Group A will be based at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Group B in Butare, Group C at the Nyamirambo Stadium, also in Kigali with Gisenyi hosting Group D.
Results of the draw
A - Rwanda, Gabon, Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire
B - DR Congo, Angola. Cameroon, Ethiopia
C - Tunisia, Nigeria Niger, Guinea
D - Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda, Zambia