CHAN 2020: Covid-19 guidelines, tickets, safety for the event in Cameroon – NewsEverything Africa

Morocco celebrate winning the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN)
Morocco gained the African Nations Championship (CHAN) on residence soil in 2018

The delayed 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the event for home-based gamers, kicks off in Cameroon on 16 January.

The Native Organising Committee say it is able to host the event and are placing the ultimate touches in place forward of Saturday’s opener.

It is going to be the continent’s largest soccer championships because the outbreak of Covid-19 and right here is everything you have to know in regards to the occasion.

What’s CHAN?

Japoma Stadium and training complex in Douala
The brand new Japoma Stadium and coaching advanced in Douala

The CHAN is a contest that occurs each two years, shining a light-weight on native membership gamers in Africa.

Solely footballers enjoying in their very own native leagues throughout Africa are eligible to play within the event, which was first held in 2009.

After the primary version, which was hosted in 2009 in Ivory Coast, the event expanded from eight to 16 groups.

Cameroon is internet hosting the sixth version and the competitors, initially set to be held in April 2020, was shifted to 16 January-7 February by the Confederation of African Soccer (Caf) on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

CHAN throughout Covid-19

To ensure that the occasion to go forward in the course of the pandemic, the Cameroon authorities and Caf have put in place some strict laws.

In response to event supervisor Michael Disake, screening for Covid-19 will begin for gamers, delegates and officers as quickly as they arrive on the airport.

A number of the new guidelines that Caf and Fifa have put in place embody having one participant per room in lodge lodging versus two.

In the meantime, groups – which shall be examined 48 hours earlier than each match – are allowed to have 10 gamers on a ready record to switch anybody within the 23-man squad who checks constructive for coronavirus.

One other modification means stadium grounds shall be crammed to only 25 per cent capability for group stage matches, however this determine may double for the semi-finals and ultimate if followers preserve their masks on, preserve social distancing and observe Covid-19 pointers.


Tournament manager Michael Disake
Michael Disake is the event supervisor for this 12 months’s CHAN

Separatist teams have issued threats and warnings to native authorities about not wanting soccer of their territory they usually declare to have notified groups of their intentions.

These threats had been issued after three assaults occurred within the north-west area and kidnappings within the south-west area.

Event coordinator Disake says he has learn in regards to the threats and it’s one thing safety officers shall be dealing with.

In a gathering with the defence minister final week, officers have heightened safety round lodges, transport and coaching grounds.

Previous winners

The winner of the event will receives US$1.25 million, a rise from the $700,000 handed out in 2018 by Caf. The runners-up now obtain $700,000, with the third-place and fourth-placed teas taking residence $400,000 and $300,000 respectively.

Morocco are the present champions after lifting the title on residence soil in 2018.

DR Congo, in the meantime, is the one nation to have gained the title twice after taking the inaugural version in 2009 earlier than successful once more in 2016 (in Rwanda).

Tunisia had been winners of the second version in Sudan in 2011, with one other North African nation, Libya, stunning many to win in South Africa three years later.

Host cities

Amadou Ahidjo Stadium
Amadou Ahidjo Stadium

Three cities and a complete of 4 stadiums will host the competitors.

Yaounde will host Group A within the 40,000-seat Amadou Ahidjo Stadium. Teams B and C will play in Douala, on the 40,000-seat Bepanda stadium and the newly-constructed 50,000-seat Japoma Stadium respectively. Limbe and the 20,000-seat Omniport Stadium welcome Group D.

  • Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe
  • Group B: Libya, Niger, DR Congo, Congo
  • Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Togo, Uganda
  • Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania


Tickets went on sale on 11 January on a first-come, first-served foundation till the 25% quota was crammed. The worth of tickets, which is not going to be accessible at stadiums on match days, ranges from $1.85 to $92.55.

Among the many locations folks can purchase tickets are petrol stations, kiosks at stadiums and on the Ministry of Sports activities itself in Yaounde.

Fan zones

There shall be fan zones in all of the host cities, with massive screens for followers who can not get into the stadiums. Supporters can even have the ability to buy merchandising and refreshments from stalls within the fan areas.

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