With only four groups in the tournament, the odds on landing an easy path into the second round are seldom realised. But for Zimbabwe who are making a record equalling fifth appearance at the tournament. The draw was somewhat of a nightmare as they found themselves drawn in a group featuring the home side Cameroon. They will also cross swords with the CHAN 2016 finalists in the formidable Mali and the dark horse Burkina Faso in group A.
It will be a tough assignment for new coach Zdravko Logarusic and his technical team who will have very little time to get up to speed with the new manager and his tactics.
Group B will see 2014 CHAN champions Libya face Congo, Niger and two-time CHAN champions Democratic Republic of Congo in what has potential to be a tight group.
Current CHAN holders Morocco will have to go past Rwanda, Uganda, and Togo in their bid to defend their title from a group that has two clear favourites in the defending champions and highly ranked Togo.
Group D features southern African powerhouse Zambia who placed third in the first CHAN tournament back in 2009, Namibia, Tanzania, and Guinea. Look at Zambia to cruise through group D if all goes well for the Chipolopolo.
The tournament kicks off on 4th of April 2020 with Cameron facing Zimbabwe and runs from through to the 25th of April 2020.