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Gambia to know opponents in CHAN 2016 Qualifiers on April 5

Mar 26, 2015, 10:25 AM | Article By: Namory Trawally, SJAG treasurer

The Scorpions of The Gambia will know their opponents in the CHAN 2016 Qualifiers, when the draws for the 4th edition of the biannual tournament, Rwanda 2016, is held on Sunday 5 April 2015 at 16H00 (local time) at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

For the CHAN qualifiers, 42 teams are engaged for the draw to be conducted, according to zonal distributions of the national associations affiliated to CAF.

They engaged teams are:

Northern Zone (2 spots) – Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

Zone West A (2 spots) – Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Zone West B (3 spots) – Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Togo

Central Zone (3 spots) – Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Chad, DR Congo, Gabon

Central-East Zone (3 including hosts) – Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda

Southern Zone (3 spots) – Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Mauritius, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

There will be two rounds each for the qualifiers, except for the Northern Zone, where the three teams will play each other on a round-robin basis with the top two qualifying for the final tournament.

The qualifiers will start from the weekend of 19-21 June 2015 through to 28-30 August 2015, where 15 teams will emerge to join hosts Rwanda for the final tournament from 16 January to 7 February 2016.

Previous winners of the CHAN, a tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues, are DR Congo (2009), Tunisia (2011) and Libya (2014).