Rwanda’s Amavubi will have to wait for the winner between Djibouti and Ethiopia after being exempted from the first round of qualifiers for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) which is set to be held in Cameroon.
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 latest development emanates from Ethiopia’s withdraw as hosts for the biennial football competition organized only for locally home-based players plying their trade in the domestic leagues of the respective countries.
Rwanda–Amavubi was supposed to battle Somalia in the first round, will have to wait for the winner between Djibouti and Ethiopia.
According to qualifying rounds, only two teams; Rwanda and Sudan as the top two ranked teams, have been exempted following the rankings in CECAFA regional and having participated in the two previous editions held in Rwanda and Morocco respectively.
Morocco is the reigning champions; DR Congo has two titles to their name in the inaugural championship held in 2009 and 2016, Libya (2014), Tunisia (20110).
Rwanda hosted the CHAN Games in 2016 where Amavubi reached the quarter-final, now Cameroon will host the CHAN competition between January and February 2020.
Others countries that have hosted the tournament are: Sudan (2011), South Africa (2014), Rwanda (2016) and Morocco (2018).