Namibia face Zimbabwe in Chan qualifiers

06 Feb 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national football team has been drawn to play Zimbabwe in the second-round qualifier for the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan).
A media statement from the Namibia Football Association released Sunday said Namibia’s Brave Warriors will host The Warriors of Zimbabwe in Windhoek on the weekend of 15 and 16 July, with the second leg taking place in Zimbabwe between 21 and 23 July.
The winner will face the winner between Lesotho and Comoros.
Whoever emerges victorious will qualify for the fifth edition of the Chan tournament, which will be held in Kenya from 11 January to 02 February 2018.
The Chan tournament is exclusively for players who ply their trade in the local leagues, meaning no foreign-based player is eligible to play in either the qualifiers or the tournament itself.
Speaking soon after the release of the draw, Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti said preparation for this tournament will be key, seeing that Namibia has no active league.
“We have to do things out of the box with our training plan and I can only hope for uncompromised support from all stakeholders in this regard,” Mannetti said, adding that intense training will improve the situation.
Namibia will be looking to qualify for Chan for the first time.
In 2016, Namibia was knocked out by Zambia in the second round.
The Warriors of Zimbabwe finished fourth in the 2014 edition in South Africa, while they were knocked out in the group stages in 2016 in Rwanda.
Zimbabwe has qualified for every edition of the biennial competition since its inception in 2009.