The seventh edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) will kickoff on January 13 in Algeria.
Uganda Cranes will be making their sixth appearance, consecutively, and have been at all tournaments besides the 2009 opening edition.
The Cranes have however failed to make it out of the group stages on all occasions.
Infamously, after their elimination from the previous 2020 edition, FUFA President Moses Magogo blasted the Cranes performance as ‘Shitty Football.’
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And here we are again, with the Cranes pitted against DR Congo, Senegal and Ivory Coast.
The team, under coach Micho Multin Sredjovic, prepared for the tournament with a training camp in Tunisia where they played three games – Sudan (2-2), Cameroon (1-1) and Mali (0-0).
Can the Cranes break the duck? Here is a brief look at the opponents:
DR Congo – Ngoma tasked to lead the Leopards to third glory
The two time champions of DR Congo have a huge task ahead of them as they head into the seventh edition of the CHAN tournament.
Having won the CHAN trophy in 2009 and 2016, coach Otis Ngoma is tasked with the job to lead the Leopards to third title after replacing Florent Ibenge who won both of the CHAN trophies.
Sebastian Desabre (former Uganda Cranes coach) is the head coach of the Senior team, but this CHAN team will be coached by Ngoma.
DR Congo are the favourites in group B but will face a huge task as they will open up their campaign on the 14th January against the Cranes from Uganda before facing West African Giants Ivory Coast on 18th January and Senegal on 22nd January.
DR Congo are experiencing a decline in their performances which mainly based on the local league with teams like TP Mazembe, DC Motema Pembe and Vita Club struggling to regain their mojo on the Continent.
Ever since winning their second CHAN trophy in 2016, they started struggling with performances as they missed out on the 2018 edition which came up as a result of their clubs struggling with performances in the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
Senegal – The Lions of Teranga roaring high on return
The Lions of Teranga are roaring to replicate their faded glory on return to the CHAN tournament having missed the last four editions.
Senegal are one of the pioneers of the CHAN competition as they took part in the inaugural tournament which had just only eight teams in 2009 and managed a Semifinals finish.
They also managed a group stage finish in 2011 and have since then missed out on the last four CHAN tournaments.
Coach Pape Thiawis tasked with the job to lead the Teranga Lions to a better finish as they eliminated Guinea to make their third appearance in the tournament.
The Teranga Lions will open up their campaign in the CHAN tournament against West African neighbors Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast – The Elephants Ready For the Task
Ivory Coast local based head coach Soualiho Haïdara has pledged to write a new page in the competition with his aim and targets set at winning the trophy.
“We are in this competition with the intention of writing a new page in Ivorian football,” said Haïdara as he was addressing the press.
The Elephants best performance in the CHAN tournament was a third place finish in 2016 in Rwanda but went to miss out on the previous edition in 2020.
They face a huge task as they will battle it out with two time Champions DR Congo, Uganda and Senegal if they are to make it out of the group stages