Sept 18th 2013:
CHAN Championship Draws

Cairo, Egypt

As CAF prepares to conduct the 2013 CHAN Draws, Uganda Cranes technical staff and majority of Ugandans are praying to get what they termed as a’fair’ draw.

“Let us pray that Uganda lands a fair draw”, says FUFA ‘s Mujib Kasule. Ghana,DRC,South Africa and Zimbabwe are the seeded teams.

Earlier in the week, Chan chief operations officer Andrew Dipela shed some light on the decision to host the draw for this event in Cairo as opposed to South Africa, where the tournament will be located.

South Africa will host the 16-team event in January next year and many were baffled when it was announced that the draw would be in Cairo on September 18. Traditionally host countries also host event draws but it was not the case this time around.

“Also it makes financial sense to conduct the draw there as Caf constituencies will be in Cairo,” said Dipela.

Zimbabwe is one of the seeded teams in the draws and it has been because of their consistent showing in the African Nations Championships

But their consistent appearance has paid off for the Warriors with the Caf CHAN organising committee deciding to reward the three countries that have regularly taken part in the competition that is reserved only for those players plying their trade in their national leagues.

Inaugural CHAN winners DRC have the highest points — 14 from their previous participation, Ghana have eight and the Warriors are third with six points.

The other teams who have been seeded on the basis of their 100 percent CHAN record are the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana’s Black Stars while Bafana Bafana will complete the group seeds by virtue of being the hosts.

Caf’s decision to make the Warriors’ Group D seeds means they will play their matches at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in nearby Polokwane where they are expected to attract full houses for their games while hosts South Africa and second seeds DRC will be based in Cape Town and the Black Stars in Bloemfontein

The remaining 12 teams will be categorized into three Pots (Pot 2, Pot 3, Pot 4) based on their results in the first two editions of the CHAN tournament and their zones.

 The Cranes eliminated Tanzania 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the finals for a second time in a row and join hosts South Africa, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

David Isabirye

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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