Zambia have been drawn in Group D of the 2016 African Nations Championship ( CHAN ) finals along with Cosafa rivals Zimbabwe, Mali and Uganda following the draw conducted on Sunday at the Serena Hotel in Kigali.
Group D matches will be hosted at the Rubavu Stadium in Gisenyi for the tournament which runs from January 16 to February 7 in Rwanda.
Zambia will be making their second appearance at the Chan finals tournament having qualified for the first edition held in Ivory Coast in 2009. The home based Chipolopolo finished in third position in the first edition of the tournament. Given Singuluma won the top scorers award with 5 goals.
Zimbabwe, who stopped Zambia from making it to the 2014 tournament, have appeared at every finals tournament since the inception of the CHAN in 2009. They finished fourth at the 2014 tournament.
West African campaigners Mali have appeared at the CHAN finals since 2011 and at the previous tournament were eliminated by Zimbabwe at the quarter-final stage.
Uganda have been consistent campaigners since 2011 and will be making their third appearance at the CHAN finals. They have never made it past the group stage of the tournament.
Hosts Rwanda have been placed in Group A along with Gabon, Morocco and Ivory Coast. Group A matches will be hosted at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.
Winners of the maiden edition Congo DR lead Group B where they are placed with 2011 losing finalists Angola, Cameroon and Ethiopia. Matches for this group will be hosted in Butare.
Group C has 2011 champions Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger and debutants Guinea. Group C will be hosted at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali.
Group A: Rwanda, Gabon, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire
Group B: DR Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia
Group C: Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea
Group D: Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda, Zambia.