THE Zimbabwe senior national football team will take on Cameroon in the opening game of the 2020 Chan finals.
The tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in April this year, will run from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
The Warriors versus Cameroon game is a Group A encounter and will be played at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé.
Zimbabwe’s flagship football team was also drawn to play against Burkina Faso on 20 January, also in Yaoundé.
Four days later, in their third fixture of the contest the Zdravko Logarusic-mentored Warriors will meet Mali at Japoma Stadium, Douala.
Meanwhile, Warriors have a friendly match lined up against the Flames of Malawi at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Sunday.
This is a preparatory match for the resumption of action in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with Zimbabwe to face Algeria home and away next month.
While the Europe-based duo of Marvelous Nakamba and Teenage Hadebe have already confirmed that they will be reporting for duty red-hot Tanzania-based Zimbabwean striker, Prince Dube has been ruled out of the friendly match by a hamstring injury.
In a letter sent by Azam’s team doctor Mwanandi Mwankemwa, Dube is said to have suffered injury on his left hamstring in his team’s 4-2 win over Kagera Sugar at home last Sunday and has been given one week to rest before he resumes light training.
Mwankemwa suggested that Dube be left out of the Warriors squad because of the injury.
Malawi had their foreign legion in their friendly international against Zambia on Wednesday. The Flames lost that match 0-1.
Chipolopolo are the only African country playing three matches during this Fifa window, after their Serbian coach, Milutin “Micho’’ Sredojevic, demanded he wanted as much time as possible with his players. They will take on Kenya in Nairobi on Friday and South Africa in Rustenburg on Sunday.
Zambia are in the same 2021 Afcon qualifying group as the Warriors, Botswana and Algeria’s Desert Foxes.
The Football Association of Malawi were able to fly in Yamikani Chester, from United States Championship club Las Vegas Lights, who was thrown into the starting XI against Chipolopolo.
The Flames also fielded highly-rated Charles Petro, who plays for Moldova side Sherrif Tiraspol, and who is a teammate of Zimbabwe international defender Alec Mudimu.