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CAF inspection team to visit Ethiopia

CAF inspection team to visit Ethiopia

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team is set to visit Ethiopia for the second time after the African football governing body decided to give thechance to Ethiopia to host the 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN). The second round inspection team will arrive in Addis Ababa, this March.

The inspection team is expected to visit all the preparations taking place across the country. The visit will check the progress madein terms of the preparation of selected stadiumswhich are under construction. This includes the newly built Addis Ababa stadium, regional stadiums like Hawassa, Bahir Dar and Mekele stadiums which will be ready for the competition.

Ethiopia’s chance to host the 2020 CHAN came to fruition when Kenyadropped out from hosting the tournament.Kenyawas replaced by CAF following the conclusion of the 2018 CHAN held in Morocco. The Ethiopian national team is going to commence its preparations earlier andCoach Abraham Mebrahtu vowed that his team is looking forward to the competitionand prepare well enough.

The draw for the qualifier roundof the Total African Nations Championships (CHAN) was release on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. In a ceremony held in Cairo, Egypt, 47 teams are engaged in the battle to secure one of the 15 places to join the host Ethiopia for the final tournament of the sixth edition of the competition designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.

The draw was the highlight of the meeting of the 25 committees, which saw the format and procedure approved. According to CAF’s statement, the format of the competition remains unchanged and will be played on a zonal basis to determine the finalists. 

The quota for the various zones include: Northern zone –two teams, Western A zone – two teams, Western B zone –three teams, Central zone – three teams, Central East Zone –two teams plus Ethiopia and the Southern Zone – three teams .