Warriors to know Chan rivals today

HARARE – Zimbabwe will know their pool opponents for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) when the draw is held in Cairo, Egypt, today.

The Warriors were on Monday seeded ahead of today’s draw alongside hosts South Africa, DR Congo and Ghana.

The decision for the seeding was based on the performance of the teams in the previous two editions of the competition.

Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Ghana remained the only teams to have played at every edition of the championship since its inception in 2009.

South Africa will be in Group A, DRC in Group B while Ghana and Zimbabwe complete Group C and D respectively. According to the procedure for the draw put together by the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Group A and B will based in Cape Town with Group C in Bloemfontein and Group D in Polokwane.   

Warriors assistant coach Jairos Tapera said they are expecting a tough draw.

“The teams that qualified are all strong sides and we should be ready to face anyone paired against us,” Tapera told Daily News yesterday.

In the previous two editions that they have qualified, Zimbabwe could not go beyond the group stage and Tapera is hoping for an improvement this time around.

“We have to prepare whilst there is still time. Our chances at the tournament are equally good because we are all fielding local-based players. We are looking forward to the tournament =,” added Tapera.

Other countries in the draw are hosts South Africa, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Nigeria, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Uganda, Mauritania, Ghana and Mozambique.

The 16 participating teams will be split into four groups containing four sides each, with the top two in each pool advancing to the quarterfinals.

Chan is open to players who ply their trade in their domestic leagues.

DRC won the first edition of the competition in Ivory Coast in 2009, with Tunisia victorious two years ago in Sudan.

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