2020 African Nations Championship

The 2020 African Nations Championship, known as the Total African Nations Championship (also referred to as CHAN 2020) will be the 6th edition of the African Nations Championship, a biennial football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships. It will be hosted from 4 to 25 April 2020 in Cameroon. Ethiopia were formerly awarded as host, but the EFF admitted it was not ready to host this competition.[1][2][3] The final tournament was originally to be played during January and February,[4] but it was moved to April.[5]

2020 African Nations Championship
Championnat d'Afrique des nations de football 2020
2020 CHAN
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Tournament details
Host countryCameroon
Dates4–25 April 2020
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
2018
2022

Unlike the African Cup of Nations, the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic league. For example, a Cameroonian player is only eligible to play for the Cameroon national team if he is playing for a Cameroonian club.

Morocco are the defending champions.

Host selectionEdit

Ethiopia were originally officially appointed to host the tournament on 4 February 2018, after the final of the previous tournament in Morocco.[6] Cameroon were appointed to replace Ethiopia to host the tournament on 13 April 2019.[2]

QualificationEdit

The qualifying rounds took place in 2019. Djibouti and Gabon were banned as they withdrew during the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification.[7]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[8] Tunisia qualified for the tournament but withdrew in January 2020. On 20 January 2020, Libya, which were eliminated by Tunisia in the qualifying round, were invited to take part in place and given a deadline of 28 January 2020 to decide whether to participate.[9] Libya decided to accept the invitation.[10] Tunisia were banned from the next edition of the African Nations Championship.[11]

Team Zone Appearance Previous best performance FIFA ranking
at start of event
  Cameroon (hosts) Central Zone 4th Quarter-finals (2011, 2016)
  Congo 3rd Quarter-finals (2018)
  DR Congo 5th Champions (2009, 2016)
  Rwanda Central Eastern Zone 4th Quarter-finals (2016)
  Tanzania 2nd Group stage (2009)
  Uganda 5th Group stage (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018)
  Libya Northern Zone 4th Champions (2014)
  Morocco 4th Champions (2018)
  Namibia Southern Zone 2nd Quarter-finals (2018)
  Zambia 4th Third place (2009)
  Zimbabwe 5th Fourth place (2014)
  Guinea Western Zone A 3rd Fourth place (2016)
  Mali 4th Runners-up (2016)
  Burkina Faso Western Zone B 3rd Group stage (2014, 2018)
  Niger 3rd Quarter-finals (2011)
  Togo 1st Debut

VenuesEdit

Matches will be held in Yaounde, Limbe and Douala.[3]

Douala
Japoma Stadium Stade de la Réunification
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 30,000
Yaounde Limbe
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo Limbe Stadium
Capacity: 42,500 Capacity: 20,000
   

SquadsEdit

Each squad can contain a maximum of 23 players (Regulations Article 72).[12]

DrawEdit

The draw of the final tournament was held on 17 February 2020, 19:00 WAT (UTC+1), at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé in Yaoundé.[13][14][15] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. Teams were allocated into four pots, with the hosts Cameroon seeded in Group A and the defending champions Morocco seeded in Group C.[16]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 74):[12]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, WAT (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Cameroon (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2   Mali 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on April 2020. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Cameroon  v  Zimbabwe
Mali  v  Burkina Faso

Cameroon  v  Mali
Burkina Faso  v  Zimbabwe

Burkina Faso  v  Cameroon
Zimbabwe  v  Mali

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Libya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2   DR Congo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Congo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Niger 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on April 2020. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Libya  v  Niger
Congo  v  DR Congo

Libya  v  DR Congo
Congo  v  Niger

Congo  v  Libya
Niger  v  DR Congo

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2   Rwanda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Uganda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Togo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on April 2020. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Morocco  v  Togo
Rwanda  v  Uganda

Morocco  v  Rwanda
Uganda  v  Togo

Uganda  v  Morocco
Togo  v  Rwanda

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2   Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Tanzania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on April 2020. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Zambia  v  Tanzania
Guinea  v  Namibia

Zambia  v  Guinea
Namibia  v  Tanzania

Namibia  v  Zambia
Tanzania  v  Guinea

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where penalty shoot-out (no extra time) is used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 75).[12]

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
April –
 
 
 
 
April –
 
 
 
 
 
April –
 
 
 
 
 
April –
 
 
 
 
 
April –
 
 
 
 
 
April –
 
 
 
 
 
April –
 
 Third place match
 
 
 
April –
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

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Semi-finalsEdit

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Third place matchEdit

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FinalEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "African Nations Championship: Ethiopia not ready to host 2020". www.bbc.com. BBC Sport. 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Le Cameroun organisera le CHAN 2020 à la place de l'Ethiopie". afriquefoot.rfi.fr (in French). RFI Foot. 13 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Next CAF African Nations Championship to be held in Cameroon on April 4-25, 2020". businessincameroon.com. 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Interclubs competition calendar; seasons 2018/19, 2019/20 & 2020/21" (PDF). CAF.
  5. ^ "CAF Holds Executive Committee Meeting ahead of CAN Total U-23 Final". CAF. 21 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Ethiopia officially handed mantle to host CHAN 2020". africanews. 6 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Gabon, Djibouti suspended for Total CHAN 2020". CAF. 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Line-up complete for Total CHAN Cameroon 2020". CAF. 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ "CHAN 2020 : La CAF fait appel à la Libye après le boycott de la Tunisie". Foot RDC (in French). 22 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Libya replaces Tunisia for Total CHAN Cameroon 2020". CAF. 31 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Decisions of CAF Disciplinary Board – 30 January 2020" (PDF). CAF. 31 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "Regulations of the African Nations Championship" (PDF). CAF.
  13. ^ "Accreditation for Official Draw of the Final Tournament". CAF. 26 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Cameroon legends Tataw and Olembe to assist Total CHAN 2020 draw". CAF. 16 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Groups revealed as draw takes place in Yaounde". CAF. 17 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Draw Procedure of the 6th Edition of Total African Nations Championship, Cameroon 2020" (PDF). CAF.

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