Wednesday Sep 14, 2022. 16:00
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the draw for the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on October 1 in Algiers.
The biennial competition, which will be hosted by Algeria from January 13 to February 4 next year, will see 18 teams competing for the trophy for the first time.
The first edition of CHAN in 2009 had just eight participants, although that number doubled to 16 for the next tournament in Sudan two years later.
CAF took the decision to increase the pool size again for the current iteration, although how the 18 countries will be divided into groups remains to be seen.
Morocco will be looking to lift the title for a record third time in a row, having won CHAN in 2018 and 2020. Former champions DR Congo and Libya have also qualified for the competition.
The other 15 nations set to compete are Algeria, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Niger, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola and Madagascar.