Cape Town Stadium
Tickets for the third edition of the African Nations Championship
have gone on sale in South Africa.
The biennial event for locally-based players kicks off on 11 January, with organisers claiming it can become the "ultimate African tournament".
Fifteen teams qualified to join hosts South Africa, including the winners of the first edition of the tournament, DR Congo.
Holders Tunisia missed out on the tournament, also known as the CHAN, after Morocco took their place.
"I'm pretty sure that the display of football that we're going to see in South Africa will be very exciting," Confederation of African Football (Caf) general secretary Hicham El Amrani told BBC Sport.
Christophe Nduwarugira (L)
Burundian national coach Nassem Lotfy has embarked on preparing his team ahead of the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN
) next year.Burundi
, who qualified for their first CHAN competition after seeing off Sudan, started extensive training on October 16 in the capital Bujumbura.
“I summoned 29 local-based players and we are working very hard ahead of the two events,” Lotfy told MTNFootball.com.
The CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup is expected to take place in Kenya from November 27 to December 12, with COSAFA sides Zambia and Malawi taking part as guests.
CHAN 2014 : 100 Days to go
It is all systems go, as the countdown to the Kick Off of Orange CHAN 2014
today reaches an all-important milestone. The Local Organising Committee of the 3rd Edition of African Nations Championship is delighted to announce that today marks 100 exactly to 11 January 2014.
With 100 days to go, the LOC has been hard at work preparing for the tournament, which began in reality on 29 July when the LOC launched CHAN 2014 in the presence of the CAF 2nd Vice President and Chairperson of CHAN Organising Committee, Mr. Almamy Kabele Camara.
This was followed by host cities visits and inspections and subsequently to ensure the cities readiness in hosting was what the LOC refers to as Africa's Home Champions as they go to battle for the coveted trophy of the African Nations Championship.
2014 CHAN Finals Draw
The Orange African Nations Championship Sousht Africa (CHAN) 2014
official draw took place in Cairo this afternoon at CAF Headquarters.
After some nerve wrecking CHAN 2014 qualifier
encounters, the final 16 teams descended on 6th of October City in Egypt to gear themselves up for yet another ground-breaking football tournament as the quest for the crowning of Africa’s Home Champions gets underway from 11 January to 1 February 2014.
The sixteen participating teams, the media, and high profile sport delegates came in large numbers to see the teams being drawn into groups. For the host cities, there was keen interest in seeing popular teams being drawn into the group they are hosting.
Senegal vs. Mauritania in the qualifiers
The stage is set for the draw for the 3rd Orange Africa Nations Championship
(CHAN) final draw which will be held on Wednesday, 18th September at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
Sixteen (16) teams including hosts South Africa will enter the draw to be conducted by CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani at 12h30 GMT.
All the qualified teams with the exception of hosts South Africa, will be ranked based on their performances during the last two editions of the CHAN
competition in 2009 (Cote d'Ivoire) and 2011 (Sudan).
The four seeded teams are South Africa , DR Congo, Ghana and Zimbabwe. Pot 2 is made up of Gabon, Mali, Libya and Uganda with Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia and Nigeria in Pot 3 whereas Congo, Mauritania, Morocco and Mozambique constitute Pot 4.
The Democratic Republic of Congo booked their place at the 2014 African Nations Championship
on Friday after holding Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in the return leg of the qualifying playoff in Lubumbashi.
The local Leopards recorded a 2-1 win on aggregate from the two-legged tie to knock off the highly favoured local Indomitable Lions from the competition.
After a 1-0 win on Monday over Cameroon in Garoua, the DR Congo opened the scoring through Patou Ebunga in the 20th minute to keep hopes alive but Tobie Ebah equalised for the visitors in the 70th minute, as the Lions poured forth for the rest of the encounter to snatch a winner.
’s local Leopards enjoyed a precious 1-0 win against Cameroon
on Monday in Garoua, in the first leg of their 2014 CHAN play-off
Originally scheduled on Sunday, this encounter had to be rescheduled with the four Sudanese referees unable to reach the northern Cameroon city on time.
The game’s only goal was scored in the 74th minute by midfielder Mubelé Ndombé after a poor clearance by CotonSport’s centre back Aminou Bouba.
The visitors could have even punished the Cameroonians more severely with three minutes remaining, but defender Thierry Kasereka’s powerful strike crashed just off the post of keeper Hugo Patrick Claude Nyame.
Mozambique vs. Angola
Goalkeeper Landu was outstanding as Angola
forced a 0-0 away draw against Mozambique
at the weekend in a 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier
The 23-year-old from champions Recreativo Libolo made a series of superb saves at Estadio Machava in Maputo to give his country the edge ahead of the August 31 return match.
With a place at the January 11-February 1 finals in South Africa up for grabs, Mozambique took control from the kick-off due to slick passing and off-ball movement.
But Landu showed why he is rated among the best goalkeepers in Africa by repeatedly thwarting an attack that substitutes Manuelito, Reginaldo and Belito bolstered.
Bornwell Mwape (C)
on Saturday afternoon beat Zambia 1 – 0 to not only dumped Chipolopolo out of the CHAN competition
but made sure Zambia lost at Levy stadium for the first time since it was opened.
Zambia went down in the 63rd minute via a Charles Sibanda goal after the Chipolopol0 had earlier survived a scare when a long range effort was only parried to the upright for a corner.
Zambia dominated possession in the first half but failed to curve out any meaningful chances only coming closest from a Bornwell Mwape shot which was well saved from an acute angle in the 16th minute.
Bornwell Mwape and Eric Chipeta
Saturday’s barren draw against Zimbabwe
may has put Zambia
in a better position to qualify for the 2014 African Nations Championship
(CHAN) ahead of the final round, return leg in Ndola.
This match, which was initially set for August 11, saw both sides failing to find the back of the net after 90 minutes and head into the return leg on Saturday evenly poised to decide who qualifiers for the CHAN finals to be hosted by South Africa.
The match started on a fast note with Zimbabwe dominating play through Tendai Ndoro commanding the midfield and the hosts had a good chance to take the lead but Nelson Mazivisa missed a seater off a Masimba Mambare cross in the 28th minute.