Malawi/Zimbabwe: Warriors Thrown Life With Malawi Attract CHAN Qualifiers

ZIMBABWE’S Warriors have been yesterday paired with Malawi within the first spherical of the qualifying draw for the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) regardless of the ban from worldwide soccer by FIFA.

The Warriors have been named as one of many 12 taking part international locations from the COSAFA area, the place solely three groups will qualify for the finals to be held in Algeria in January subsequent yr.

All qualifying ties are set to be performed over two legs, with the winners on mixture progressing. First spherical first leg matches shall be performed between 22 and 24 July with the return legs per week later.

However, CAF have defined that Zimbabwe, who’ve already been kicked out of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers set to start subsequent week, shall be disqualified if the FIFA ban shouldn’t be lifted two weeks from kick off of the CHAN video games.

Zimbabwe and Kenya face the identical destiny after they have been handed FIFA sanctions. But the Kenyans, who’ve already made their place clear about cleaning their recreation earlier than returning to worldwide soccer, weren’t included in yesterday’s attracts.

“In case the suspension of Zimbabwe FA is not lifted two weeks before their first match, they will be considered losers and eliminated from the competition,” stated CAF in a press release.

Only locally-based gamers are eligible to take part within the CHAN event. Zimbabwe completed final on the earlier version held in Cameroon after shedding all group video games. They are usually not seemingly to participate within the upcoming qualifiers after the nation’s sports activities regulator, the Sports and Recreation Commission, indicated that they’ll take the identical route as Kenya.

That would imply that Malawi will profit from a walkover and progress to face the winner between Zambia and Mozambique within the second spherical.

According to the attracts performed yesterday, the winner between Mauritius and Angola will face both Comoros or South Africa.

Botswana or Eswatini will tackle Seychelles or Madagascar whereas Lesotho and Namibia won’t participate within the South Zone.

The North African area is already settled with Libya and Morocco becoming a member of Algeria within the competitors as a consequence of Tunisia’s suspension for a late withdrawal in qualifying for the 2020 version and Egypt opting to not take part.

In the WAFU-B Zone, Ghana will participate in the one first spherical matchup in opposition to Benin with the winner advancing to the ultimate spherical of qualifying for a date in opposition to Nigeria. Ivory Coast will play Burkina Faso and Togo takes on Niger within the different WAFU-B closing spherical matchups.