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Ethiopia to host 2020 CHAN tournament

Ethiopia was officially handed Confederation African Football (CAF) flag, from President Ahmad Ahmad, to host the 2020 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament. Ethiopia represented by Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) president, Juniden Basha, officially received the mantle from CAF after the 2018 final in Casablanca, Morocco.

Ethiopia commenced preparations three years ago, to host CHAN tournaments and various infrastructures are under construction. The Government has invested highly on regional stadiums like Bahir Dar, Hawasa, Addis Ababa, Mekele and Gambella stadiums which are already in the final stages of completion.

Abundance of hotels, roads and an improved general security will be the main concerns to host the tournament. After the final CHAN game, CAF confirmed an inspector will be sent to Ethiopia to check on the timely progress of preparatory works later this month. Junedin Basha (EFF president), after arriving from Morocco stated to journalists that, Ethiopia will host the tournament successfully. 

Meanwhile, in accordance with the regulation provisions of the Total African Nations Championship, article 59, the organizing committee at its meeting on November 15, 2017— in Rabat— decided to suspended Gabon and Djibouti from the next edition of the CHAN scheduled for 2020.

Morocco became the first host nation to win the 2018 tournament after they defeated Nigeria which were reduced to ten men, 4-0. Morocco went through the tournament unbeaten scoring sixteen goals and conceding only two. 

The Total African Nations Championships – sometimes referred to as African Championships of Nations or CHAN – is a football tournament which was first announced on September 11, 2007.