Madagascar will be participating in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for the first time following the climax of the qualifiers.
The Barea’s maiden CHAN finals appearance comes at the 2023 edition after they ejected Botswana 2-1 on aggregate
Meanwhile, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed their sixth appearance, the highest of any other country.
Uganda eliminated their regional rivals Tanzania 4-0 on aggregate to make it to their sixth consecutive CHAN tournament.
The Uganda Cranes have only missed once which was the inaugural tourney in 2009. However, in all the previous five appearances, Uganda has not gone beyond the group stages.
DR Congo thumped Chad 7-1 on aggregate to qualify for next year’s edition. They only missed out on qualification in 2018.
Defending champions Morocco will also be involved in the competition and the focus will be winning it for the third consecutive time having also won it in 2018.
Last edition’s runners-up Mali are also among the 18 teams that qualified for the competition.
Hosts Algeria, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon are some of the African powerhouses that will take part.
Angola, Congo, Ethiopia, Libya, Mozambique, Niger, Mauritania, and Sudan are the other countries.
The seventh edition of CHAN will be played between January 8th and 31st, 2023 in Algeria.
Only players that feature in the local leagues are eligible to play in the CHAN tournament.