Team Uganda Line up against Lesotho (Photo: COSAFA Media)

CHAN 2020 Qualifiers (First Round)

  • Uganda Cranes Vs Somalia
  • 1st Leg: 26th – 28th July 2019  – Mogadishu
  • 2nd Leg: 2nd – 4th August 2019 – Kampala

Uganda Cranes will play Somalia during the first round of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) 2020 qualifiers.

This follows confirmation by the continental football governing body, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), after changes to the teams locking horns as well as format of these qualifiers.

The development emanates from Ethiopia’s withdrawal as hosts for the biennial championship.

Team Uganda Line up against Lesotho during the COSAFA tournament. A bulk of these players will be used for the CHAN 2020 qualifiers (Photo: COSAFA Media)

Now, Uganda Cranes who were supposed to play South Sudan in the first round will face Somalia in a two-legged first-round contest.

The first leg shall be held between 26th to 28th July 2019 in Mogadishu with the second leg happening between 2nd-4th August 2019.

Somalia will host the first leg and Uganda Cranes will play the second leg in Kampala.

The winner between Uganda and Somalia over the two legs will face the victorious side between Burundi and South Sudan in the second round.

Birungi Michael of Uganda challenged by Lesia Thetsane of Lesotho during the 2019 Cosafa Cup match between Lesotho and Uganda at Princess Magogo Stadium, Durban on 01 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

CHAN is a tournament exclusively played by locally based players plying their trade in the domestic leagues of the respective countries.

Morocco are the reigning champions.

Uganda has previously played at four CHAN champions in 2011 (Sudan), 2014 (South Africa), 2016 (Rwanda) and lately 2018 (Morocco).

The Democratic Republic of Congo has two titles to their name in the inaugural championship held in 2009 and 2016.

Libya (2014), Tunisia (2011) and most recently Morocco in 2018 are the other winners.

Now, Cameroon will host the CHAN tournament between January and February 2020.

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

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