'Chan will be tough'

HARARE - Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube described the national team’s 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) draw as fair but was quick to emphasise the importance of adequate preparations.

The Warriors, who were seeded due to their previous good performances at the competition, were drawn in Group D where they will face Zambia, Mali and Uganda.

“It is a tough draw, probably the toughest of the four groups but I welcome it. What is important now is how we are going to prepare for the tournament,” Dube told the Daily News yesterday.

“We could have drawn anyone and it could still have been tough because there are no easy matches any more in international competitions. We are going to need all our best players so we can do well in this event.

“If we can have at least three weeks in camp, we can say we are adequately prepared. This is a tournament and miracles don’t really work at this stage.

“We were in Zambia recently and you could actually see they are serious about this tournament and they have since started preparations. That’s exactly what we need to do.”

The Warriors, who have qualified for all the previous three Chan competitions, finished in fourth place at the last edition held in South Africa.

Zimbabwe lost on penalties to eventual winners Libya after reaching the semi-finals.

The Warriors, who were then under the guidance of Ian Gorowa, went on to lose the bronze medal play-off match to Nigeria.The Chan is a tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.

The first edition was held in 2009 in Ivory Coast with DR Congo emerging as champions. The second edition held in 2011 in Sudan had Tunisia as winners whilst Libya won the third edition in South Africa last year.

2016 Chan Draw

Group A: Rwanda, Gabon, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire

Group B: DRC, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia

Group C: Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea

Group D: Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda, Zambia.

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