By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports writer, kick442.com Cameroon.
The fourth group of the CHAN Total African Nations Championship is Group D. Just like Group A, B, C, Group D also has four teams. The group is made up of Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia.
Group D matches shall take place at the centenary stadium in Limbe.
Guinea will be making their third ever participation in the African Nations Championship.
Their highest best ever finish was in the 2016 edition which was their first ever participation where they finished at the 4th position.
During their second participation in Morocco in 2018, they were eliminated at the group stage of the competition.
Guinea qualified for the final tournament after overturning a 0#1 goal deficit in Conakry against Senegal. The home side, Guinea, won 1-0 to send the tie to penalties.
They went ahead to eliminate Senegal 3#1 on penalties.
Mamadouba Bangoura who scored for them is one of their players to watch out for.
Guinea opens their CHAN Total 2020 against Namibia on January 19 before facing Zambia and Tanzania.
Namibia will be making their second ever appearance in the CHAN when the tournament begins.
They made their first appearance in 2018 in Morocco where they were eliminated at the quarter finals by host and eventual winners, Morocco.
Namibia overturned a 1-0 first leg loss to Madagascar to win 2-0 and 2-1 on aggregate to also book themselves a ticket to Cameroon. Playing in Windhoek and the home fans all behind them, Namibia put in a shift with Elmo Kambindu scoring a brace.
Namibia will begin the tournament on January 19 against Guinea before facing Tanzania and Zambia.
Just as in 2009, Tanzania shocked Sudan to reach CHAN finals after the maiden edition in 2009, when they also qualified on the expense of Sudan, winning 5-2 on aggregate then.
During their maiden participation in the CHAN in 2009, they were eliminated in the group stage.
Tanzania opens their CHAN 2020 campaign against Zambia on January 19 before going ahead to face Namibia and Guinea.
Zambia are one of the favorites to win the competition this year because of the well structured and organized nature of their local championship.
The chipolopolo exited the 2018 edition of the competition in Morocco at the quarter finals.
Bobby Samaria of Namibia
Bobby Samaria was appointed in 2019 to managed the team. Born on February 21, 1970, Bobby Samaria is a retired Namibian footballer who has spent all of his football and managerial career in Africa.
Prior to his appointment as coach of the CHAN team, Bobby Samaria has been coach of the Namibia Under-20 team, Black Africa, Africa Stars and United Africa Tigers.
*Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević of Zambia*
Born on September 1, 1969, Micho, is a Serbian football manager who is the head coach of Zambia national football team as well as the local national selection.
Before being appointed coach of Zambia in 2020, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojević was coach of Egyptian club side, Zamalek. He has had spells with Orlando Pirates, Young Africans, Al Hilal Omdurman. He has also been coach of the national teams of Uganda and Rwanda.
Coach Micho comes to the CHAN with plenty of experience.
Coach Etienne Ndayiragije of Tanzania
Etienne Ndayiragije is a professional football manager who is coach of the Tanzania national football team.
Etienne Ndayiragije was born in Burundi but spent most of his football career in Tanzania. Before his appointment in 2018 as coach of the Tanzanian team, Ndayiragije coach Vital’O between 2015 and 2016.
*Coach Kanfory Mohamed “Lappé” Bangoura of Guinea*
Born on October 25, 1961 in Guinea, Kanfory Mohamed Bangoura has managed Horoya AC.
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