Search for new CHAN host gains momentum

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The Brave Warriors will have to wait a little longer before making final arrangements for their maiden appearance at the 2018 Total African Nations Championships as three new countries has emerged in contention to host the championship following a decision to strip Kenya off the hosting rights recently.

Africa’s football governing body CAF on Sunday night announced that at the end of the deadline for submission of applications on Saturday 30 September 2017 at 23:59, three federation's had submitted their bids to the General Secretariat of the Confederation Africaine de Football for the organization of the 2018 Total African Nations Championship. The Federations are of Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco.

At its meeting on September 23, 2017, CAF Executive Committee decided to complete the process of selecting a new host country for the tournament scheduled for January 2018, within 15 days. After Kenya, the initial host, failed to meet the requirements.

Namibia will be making her first appearance at the competition having qualified with a 2-1 aggregate win over Comoros in the qualifiers’ final round courtesy of a Muna Katupose brace at the Sam Nujoma on 20 August.

The draw procedure for the finals are to be confirmed as 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams. The hosts will be seeded in Group A, and the title holders will be seeded in Group C should they qualify. Total CHAN is a competition is made up of players selected in their CAF members’ national championships. The 5th edition is to be held in 2018.