Rwanda completes 16-nation 2018 African Nations Championship

Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 13, 2017 (TNE) Rwanda on Sunday filled the last slot of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), despite drawing 0-0 in Kigali against Ethiopia in the second leg of a play-off.

The Rwandans qualified 3-2 on aggregate, having won the first-leg by that score in Addis Ababa last weekend.

Egypt withdrew from the competition for home-based footballers, citing the refusal of clubs to release players, and this gave Rwanda and Ethiopia a second chance to qualify.

Both countries had lost in the final round of regional eliminators — Rwanda to Uganda and Ethiopia to Sudan.

Kenya were ditched as hosts of the biennial tournament, having fallen behind with preparations and Morocco beat Equatorial Guinea for the right to replace them.

Rabat hosts the 16-nation finals draw this Friday with the January 12 to February 4 tournament scheduled for Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier.

Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and hosts Morocco complete the line-up.

Libya are the only former champions participating as the Democratic Republic of Congo failed to qualify and Tunisia did not enter because of domestic football restructuring.

According to the CAF media outet, FIFA classifies matches in the African Nations Championship as full internationals with results considered for the monthly rankings.

(TNE)

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