The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have released fixtures for the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) that is set to be held in Kenya in January.
CHAN is a football tournament which was first announced on 11 September 2007. It is administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season. Expatriate players, regardless of where they play, even in Africa, are not qualified to take part in the African Championship of Nations.
The first tournament was held in 2009. It was hosted by Ivory Coast and won by The Democratic Republic of the Congo. The competition was expanded to 16 teams for the second tournament, held in Sudan in 2011. The tournament was won by Tunisia, in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution. The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.
The fixtures have been divided into four groups; West zone A, West Zone B, Central East Zone and Southern Zone. Teams in both West Zones will be playing in their second round of the qualifiers while those in Central East and Southern Zones will be competing in the first round.
In West Zone A, Sierra Leone face Senegal while Guinea clash with neighbours Guinea-Bissau on Saturday July 15, 2017 with the return matches expected to be played a fortnight later.
In West Zone B, Togo will battle it out with Benin on Sunday July 16, 2017 with the return match a week later in Cotonou, Benin.
Four fixtures will be staged in Central East Zone with South Sudan lined up against Uganda, Tanzania with Rwanda and Djibouti with Ethiopia.
In Southern East Zone, Botswana host South Africa on Saturday 15 July while Zimbabwe visit Namibia a day later.
West Zone A
1.Sierra Leone vs Senegal -15.7.2017 (16:30,Freetown/Siaka Stevens Stadium)
Senegal vs Sierra Leone-22.7.2017 (17:00,Dakar/Stade Demba Diop)
2.Guinea-Bissau vs Guinea-15.7.2017 (16:00,Bissau/Estadio 24 de Setembro)
Guinea vs Guinea-Bissau-22.7.2017 (16:30,Conakry/Stade 28 Septembre)
3. Liberia vs Mauritania-16.7.2017 (16:00,Paynesville/Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex)
Mauritania vs Liberia-23.7.2017 (17:00)
4.Gambia vs Mali-15.7.2017 (16:30,Bakau/Independence Stadium)
Mali vs Gambia-22.7.2017 (17:00,Bamako/Stade Modibo Keita)
West Zone B
1.Togo vs Benin-16.7.2017 (15:00,Lomé/Stade de Kégué de Lomé)
Benin vs Togo-23.7.2017 (16:00,Cotonou/Stade de l'Amitié de Kouhounou)
*Exempted Burkina Faso, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria
Central East Zone
1.South Sudan vs Uganda-14.7.2017 (16:30,/Juba stadum)
Uganda vs South Sudan-22.7.2017 (16:00,Kampala/Phillip Omondi Stadium)
2.Tanzania vs Rwanda-15.7.2017 (16:00,Mwanza/CCM KIRUMBA Stadium)
Rwanda vs Tanzania-22.7.2017 (15:30,Kigali/STADE REGIONAL DE NYAMIRAMBO)
3.Djibouti vs Ethiopia-15.7.2017 (15:00,Djibouti Ville/Stade Gouled)
Ethiopia vs Djibouti-23.7.2017 (19:00,hawass/Hawass International Stadium)
4.Burundi vs Sudan-15.7.2017 (15:00,Bujumbura/Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore)
Sudan vs Burundi-21.7.2017 (20:00,Khartoum/Khartoum Stadium)
1.Madagascar vs Mozambique-16.7.2017 (14:30,Antananarivo/Stade Municipal de Mahamasina)
Mozambique vs Madagascar-23.7.2017 (15:00,Maputo/Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto)
2.Maurice vs Angola-16.7.2017 (15:30,Belle Vue/Anjalay Stadium)
Angola vs Maurice-23.7.2017 (16:30,Luanda/Estadio 11 de Novembro)
3.Comoros vs Lesotho-15.7.2017 (15:00,Moroni/Stade de Moroni)
Lesotho vs Comoros-23.7.2017 (15:00,Maseru/Setsoto Stadium)
4.Namibia vs Zimbabwe-16.7.2017 (15:00,Windhoek/Sam Nujoma Stadium)
Zimbabwe vs Namibia-23.7.2017 (15:00,Harare/National Sports Stadium)
5.Botswana vs South Africa-15.7.2017 (15:30,City of Francistown/Francistown Sports Complex Stadium)
South Africa vs Botswana-22.7.2017 (15:00,Moruleng/Moruleng Stadium)
6.Swaziland vs Zambia-16.7.2017 (15:00,Lobamba/Somhlolo National Stadium)
Zambia vs Swaziland-22.7.2017 (15:00,Lusaka/Heroes National Stadium)