Hosts Cameroon will open their Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 campaign against COSAFA side Zimbabwe after the draw was conducted on Monday evening in an intriguing and elaborate ceremony at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in the capital, Yaounde.
The Indomitable Lions are taking part in the CHAN tournament for the fourth time and will look to improve their best performances that saw them reach the quarter finals on two occasions, Sudan 2011 and Rwanda 2016.
The other teams to be drawn in Group A are Burkina Faso, playing in the tournament for the third time and Mali who lost the 2016 final to DR Congo.
Meanwhile, defending champions Morocco were seeded in Pool C and will square out with debutants Togo in their opening match. Togo qualified for their first ever CHAN after beating 2018 finalists Nigeria in the final qualification round.
They will also have Eastern Africa representatives Uganda who have qualified for every edition as well as another CECAFA region team, Rwanda.
In Group D, there are two COSAFA sides as Zambia and Namibia clash with Guinea and Tanzania.
The tournament’s most successful team, DR Congo, who have won the competition two times, will headline Pool B where they compete against Congo-Brazaville, 2014 champions Libya and Niger.
Total CHAN 2020 final draw
Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe
Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Niger
Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo
Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania