5 January 2018

Namibia: 2018 CHAN Group B Watch

Ex-Ivorian defender Kolo Toure will be part of The Elephants' bench at the 2018 Chan which Morocco will host from 13 January to 4 February.

Toure will be assistant coach to Kamara Ibrahim.

Cote d'Ivoire headed to Tunisia for a transit camp that started on Thursday, just after submitting their final 23-member team for the tournament on Wednesday.

Cote d'Ivoire and Namibia meet on match-day-one on 14 January in Marrakesh.

UGANDA

Uganda, who entered camp on December 24 in Kampala, have confirmed two pre-2018 CHAN warm-up matches.

They will play fellow finalists Congo-Brazzaville on Saturday, and Cameroon two days later.

Both those friendlies will be played in Morocco in what will be new Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre's first games in charge following his appointment on 26 December.

The Frenchman will be assisted by Mathias Lule, whose Uganda u20 team beat 2017 COSAFA u20 Cup hosts Zambia 2-0 during the tournament held in Kitwe in December.

Uganda arrived in Morocco on Thursday.

The Cranes will face Namibia in their second Group B match on 18 January in Marrakesh.

ZAMBIA

Chipolopolo kicked off preparations for Chan in Lusaka on December 11 with a 29-member training camp.

This was Zambia's final phase of their local camp before heading for the tournament in Morocco on Saturday.

The Zambia FA last week reached an agreement with goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata and midfielder Augustine Mulenga to play at Chan, which is Caf's second-tier competition exclusively for home-based players.

Zambia, who face Namibia on 22 January, were quarter-finalists at the last Chan staged in Rwanda in 2016, and rank among the favourites for the title. - lusakatimes.com

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