The Warriors were thrown into Group B which also features South Africa, Ghana and Niger during the draw for the finals which was held in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday. The 16 finalists were divided into four groups with defending champions, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) paired with Cameroon, Cote dIvoire and Mali in what is expected to be the toughest group.
Zimbabwe will be making their second consecutive appearance at the tournament which is designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. The Warriors qualified for next years finals after getting past Swaziland and the Seychelles during the preliminary rounds.
The team is under the temporary charge of Madinda Ndlovu after the national association conceded defeat in their bid to land Belgian coach, Tom Saintfiet. The Belgian was refused a work permit by the countrys immigration officials. However ZIFA have said a substantive coach will be in place by the team travels to Sudan for the finals which are set to be held between 4-25 February.
Meanwhile the Warriors will be meeting Ghana for the second time at the finals. Zimbabwe were drawn in the same group as the West Africans at the 2009 tournament in Cote D’Ivoire. The Warriors gave a decent account of themselves drawing all their three matches and finishing third in their group which included Libya and eventual winners, the DRC.
CHAN 2011 Draw
Group A: Sudan, Gabon, Uganda, Algeria
Group B: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Niger
Group C: DR Congo, Cameroon, Cote dIvoire, Mali
Group D: Senegal, Rwanda, Angola, TunisiaPost published in: Zimbabwe Sports News