Ghana drawn with Ethiopia in CHAN Cup final


Ethiopia was handed a relatively easier group in the 16 nations African Nations Championship (CHAN) 3rd edition cup final that will be staged in South Africa from 11th of January to February 1st 2014.
Group “A” is considered the death group because it includes three of the big names in African football, the host nation South Africa, reigning African champions Nigeria and the strong Mali team along with little-known Mozambique, while in Group “D” the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) is expected to have a relatively easier task of overcoming the likes of Gabon, Burundi and Mauritania, and is likely to finish at the top of the group table without much ado. Mauritius is in the continental tournament for the first time and Burundi has yet to make a name for itself on the football stage.
South Africa received automatic qualification for hosting the event and first timers Nigeria are expected to win the group with Mali, the underdogs, likely to rattle the group by putting up a strong show.
Morocco and Burkina Faso are in pole position to dominate Group “B” where the East African nation Uganda and Zimbabwe are also coming together. Many of the Burkinabe players are currently playing as professionals in African clubs, which will provide Morocco with a clear chance of winning the group.
Ethiopia, who is preparing to face the Nigerians in the World Cup playoffs, has a great chance of going through Group “C” in which its only strong adversary expected to be Ghana. Ethiopia’s best players Getaneh Kebede (South Africa), Asrat Megersa (Israel), Addis Hentsa & Mohammed Nasser (Sudan) along with Shimelis Bekele (Libya) are not eligible to play; therefore, the National team needs to work hard to go through the group stage. Libya and Congo Brazzaville are the group’s underdogs capable of disturbing the hierarchy.
The CHAN Championships was launched in 2009 with the inaugural event hosted by Cote d’Ivoire and the DRC winning the first title. Sudan hosted the second edition with the title claimed by Tunisia, which lost out to Morocco this time round. Morocco is one of title favourites for the championship in South Africa.