Barely five days to the kick-off of the Total CHAN 2020 in Cameroon, some of the participating teams are already on Cameroonian soil, where they will continue fine tuning tactics ahead of the competition.
At the time of filling this report, at least six of the 16 participating teams, are in Cameroon. Tournament’s host, the intermediate lions of Cameroon, left their long time based in Mbankomo on Monday afternoon, and have now taken up residence at the monte Febe hotel, where they will lodged throughout the competition.
Coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile has 33 players at his disposal, as they have have days left to dot their I’s and cut their T’s.
Zambia, and Uganda have all been in Cameroon for two weeks now, where they took part in a pre_CHAN tournament in yaounde.
Johnathan McKinstry’s Cranes emerged winners of the pre_CHAN tournament with seven points (two wins, one draw). McKinstry had named his 25_man Squad for the CHAN, and is currently camping in Douala with his boys. The Cranes will compete in group C based at the Reunification stadium, alongside Morocco Rwanda and Togo.
On his part, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and his Chipolopolo, also love to Douala on Saturday, and trained on Monday morning, at the Kadji sports Academy at Bekoko. Zambia will be leaving for Limbe later this week.
The Mena of Niger are also in their second week in Yaoundé. Coach Harouna Doula Gabde and his boys have played an incredible four friendlies in just 10 days spend on Cameroonian territory. The have managed just one win, one draw and two defeats in that process.
Meanwhile the Local Stallions of Burkina Faso are also into their second week of acclimatization in Cameroon’s capital city. Coach Seydou Zerbo and his boys on Sunday defeated the Mena of Niger 2#0 in a friendly game at the Yaoundé Annex one stadium. They’re in group A, and will play their group games at the Yaoundé Omnisport Stadium.
2014 CHAN winners Libya, is also in Cameroon.
The Eagles of Mali are expected in Cameroon on Tuesday, while the warriors of Zimbabwe are expected in Cameroon on Thursday.
“All but one of the 15 members of our CHAN team who previously tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered. Group training resumes this afternoon.
Another test will be done on 12/01 ahead of departure for Cameroon on the 14th”, read a statement on the official Twitter handle of the Zimbabwean football federation.
For other updates, the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda trained on Monday evening at the Amahoro Stadium in Rwanda. This after they defeated Congo 1#0, in a pre_CHAN friendly on Sunday. The lone goal of the game was scored by Cervelie Ikouma.
The Syli national of coach Kanfory Lappé Bangoura, are expected in Cameroon on Thursday, same too as defending Champions, Morocco.