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CAF confirms final CHAN qualifiers programme

CAF confirms final CHAN qualifiers programme

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the programme for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers third round fixture between Namibia and Comoros as the two nations eye their first ever qualification for the continental local-based players showpiece in Kenya.

According to the NFA website, the Brave Warriors and Comoros will go head to head in the final round of qualification for Kenya 2018 CHAN finals and CAF confirms that the first leg will be played on Sunday, 13 August , 15h00 (14h00, Namibian time) at the Stade de Moroni, Moroni, Comoros.

The game will be officiated by South African match officials led by referee Chris Harrison.’

The second leg will take place at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday, 20 August, 15h00 with Zambian referee Wisdom Chewe to take charge. The NFA will use this game to pay tribute to the late Robbie Savage who was laid to rest on Saturday, 29 July.

Ricardo Mannetti and the home brewed Brave Warriors will look to make history and lead the country to their first CHAN finals, a competition that is purely for domestic players, despite the fact that Namibia has not had league football for over 15 months now.

The Brave Warriors reached this stage by upsetting the much fancied Zimbabwe in the second round while Comoros edged Lesotho.

Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza will be joined by Mathew Kanyanga, Dawid Shaanika and Dankie Shinana for their trip to handle the South Africa vs Zambia first leg match in South Africa next weekend. South Africa will face Zambia at Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Saturday, 12 August.

The CHAN was first played in 2009 and DR Congo are the record winners with two crowns and will see 16 teams in action from 11 January to 02 February 2017 in four host cities of Nairobi, Kisumu, Kasarani and Mombasa. (NFA)

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