The draws took place in an official ceremony at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex on February 17, 2020.
The attention of football lovers in Africa and the world at large is with all certainty now focused on Cameroon where the 6th edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place in the Yaounde, Douala and Limbe/Buea sites from April 4 to 25, 2020.
The official draws ceremony for the football event took place at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex on February 17, 2020 evening. Cameroon pays great attention to CHAN 2020 organisation and this explains why the official ceremony for the draws was in the presence of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute who was the representative of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya. Also present for the draws ceremony was the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad who led a powerful delegation of the institution, some Cameroon cabinet ministers, Cameroon football icons, representatives of participating countries and thousands of people.
The most exciting phase of the event that was interspaced with cultural displays was the draws proper. It emerged that Cameroon, the host country will be heading Group A and the other competing teams in the Group include Mali, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe. It was announced during the occasion that Cameroon will play the opening match against Zimbabwe in Yaounde on April 4, 2020. Group B of the championship is headed by Libya with other teams being the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Niger. Group C has the head, the defending champions Morocco. The Moroccan team will play in the Group with Rwanda, Uganda and Togo. Finally, Group D is headed by Zambia. They will play with teams from Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania. The competing 16 teams do not only know their groups, but more importantly where they will play and be lodged.
Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi who doubles as the President of the Local Organising Committee of CHAN 2020 and the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN Total) 2021 in the lone speech said Cameroon was delighted to welcome and organise the CHAN. He declared that Cameroon will use the occasion to reaffirm its position as a great sports nation. Professor Mouelle Kombi disclosed that government has spent much resources to build all sorts of infrastructure in readiness to host CAN 2021. He specified that they were functional and ready to be used for CHAN.
Other key highlights of the ceremony included the presentation of the flags of the competing countries as well as those of CAF and fair-play, the presentation of the CHAN trophy just from Morocco by the one time captain of the Indomitable Lions, Stephen Tataw, videos projected to showcase the Yaounde, Douala and Limbe sites that will host the CHAN 2020 and a display by a host of musicians and groups representing the four cultural zones of Cameroon.
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