2016 CHAN Draws: 15th November 2015 – Serena Hotel, Kigali

The eagerly awaited draws ceremony of the 2016 CHAN has been brought forward to Sunday, November 15, 2015 from the earlier scheduled date of Wednesday, 18th November 2015, Kawowo Sports has learnt.

Whereas the venue remains, Kigali Serena Hotel, the 2016 CHAN Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairman Vincent Nzamwita, also the President of Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) confirmed the new arrangement on Saturday.

The drawing ceremony has been brought forward, three days from the initially set date, 18th November 2015. This was reached after a meeting with the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Part of the reason is due to the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers which will coincide with those dates. Having the drawing ceremony held in a weekend was a better option than having it on a normal and busy working day

He further noted that the changes would not affect the preparations of the ceremony.

Everything remains in plan for the drawing ceremony and we believe the slight change will not affect the planned activities of the day.

On Saturday, all the sixteen nations for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Rwanda 2016 were known after the qualification of Cameroon, who eliminated Congo Brazzaville courtesy of Njalla Quan Academy player, Ronald Ngah Wandja’s 76th minute strike.

The tournament, exclusively planned for the locally based players will be held in Rwanda from January 16 to February 7, 2016.

The defending champions, Libya will not be part of the tournament because they failed the qualification test.

Full list of Countries for 2016 CHAN:

Hosts: Rwanda

Central-East Zone: Uganda and Ethiopia

Northern Zone: Morocco and Tunisia

West African Zone: Mali, Guinea, Niger, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon

Central Zone: Gabon and DR Congo

South African Zone: Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe

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

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