CAF sets the dates for the 2020 CHAN Qualifiers, Kenya to play Burundi

Kenya’s Harambee Stars is drawn to play Burundi’s Intambamurugamba in the first round qualifiers for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) which is set to be held in Ethiopia.

According to the dates set by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the first round of the 2020 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) Qualifiers, Kenya’s squad Harambee Stars has been drawn against Burundi Intambamurugamba.

The first leg is set to be played in Nairobi between July 26, and July 28, 2019, while the second leg has been slated for between August 2, and August 4, 2019, in Burundi at Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium in Bujumbura.

Kenya and Burundi are among 47 teams that will be contesting for 15 slots of the championship set to be held in Ethiopia.

The draw held at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), in Cairo, confirmed that qualification to the 16-team tourney will take a zonal format.

The East African Zone will thus see eight nations: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Somalia, battle it out for two slots reserved for the region.

The winner of the tie (Burundi or Kenya) on aggregate will face off with either Tanzania or Sudan in the second and final qualifying round, whose first leg will be played between September 20, and September 22, 2019, with the second leg scheduled to be played between October 18, and October 20, 2019.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars are looking to make a maiden appearance at the 16-team tourney, set to be held in Ethiopia in January 2020.

“We intend to break the duck and qualify for the first time after missing out on the 2016 and 2018 editions.” Said Nick Mwendwa, president of Football Kenya Federation (FKF), on Monday

Table of qualification (Central-East Zone)

First Round:

Match 1: Tanzania vs Sudan; Sudan vs Tanzania

Match 2: Kenya vs Burundi; Burundi vs Kenya

Match 3: South Sudan Vs Uganda; Uganda vs South Sudan

Match 4: Somalia vs Rwanda; Rwanda vs Somalia.

Second Round:

Match 1: Winner 2 vs Winner 1; Winner 1 vs Winner 2

Match 2: Winner 4 vs Winner 3; Winner 3 vs Winner 4.

The tournament is reserved exclusively for players actively featuring in their respective national championships.

Harambee Stars are in the meantime, set to check into camp on March 17, 2019, ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ghana, slated for March 23, 2019, in Accra.

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