Abuja - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt conducted the Draw for the qualification series for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) billed for Rwanda.
The draw, done based on the zonal representation of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, pitched the Super Eagles B against Burkina Faso.
It is the only qualifying round in which the two teams will be engaged, and the first leg of the fixture comes up between October 16 and October 18.
The media reports that the second leg holds between October 23 and October 25.
Forty-two teams are engaged in the qualifiers that will produce the 15 teams which will join the hosts for the final tournament scheduled for January 16 to February 7, 2016.
Three teams are to qualify from Zone West B, which has Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and Togo.
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The Northern Zone has four teams, from which two teams will qualify, while Zone West A has eight teams from which two teams will qualify.
Central Zone has six teams, from which three teams will qualify, while Central East will produce only two teams aside host nation Rwanda.
Southern Zone has the most number of participating teams and will produce three teams from 12 nations.
The media reports that CHAN is a tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
The first edition was held in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire with DR Congo emerging as champions.
The second edition was held in 2011 in Sudan, with Tunisia as winners, while Libya won the third edition in 2014 in South Africa.