No word on Chan

NFA's Franco Cosmos says everyone is waiting with bated breath for an announcement on the way forward regarding Chan.

24 June 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK



The acting secretary-general of the Namibia Football Association, Franco Cosmos, says they haven't received any news from Caf as to when the African Nations Championship will take place.

He said everyone was waiting patiently for any kind of communication.

The 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan), which was to run from 4 to 25 April in Cameroon, was shelved because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Since then, no definite date for the competition has been communicated since Cameroon and many other countries have restricted international travel in the hope of protecting their citizens. The host nation has recorded 12 041 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 308 deaths.

Despite this, many football lovers like Moses Tyson argue that the competition can played in empty stadiums if the travel bans are lifted. “We need to give the players game time,” he said.

However, Cosmos emphasises the importance of keeping borders closed and said the NFA, like the rest of Africa, was waiting for communication from Caf.



Namibians' journey

The Brave Warriors of Namibia qualified for the Chan finals after defeating Madagascar 2-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in the second leg of their qualifying tie.

This was quite an achievement for the players as the country's domestic league had been inactive for over a year before Covid-19 emerged.

Namibia is drawn in Group D of the competition which includes Zambia, Tanzania and Guinea.

The last time out in 2018, under the tutelage of Ricardo Mannetti, the Warriors bowed out of the finals at the hands of host Morocco after coming second in Group B with Zambia on top.

If this year's Chan competition takes place, it will be the sixth edition which exclusively features players from domestic leagues.

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