By Izuchukwu Okosi:
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, on Thursday evening announced fixtures for the first round of the 2018 Championship for African Nations (CHAN) qualifiers, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn bye along with Ghana, Niger, Cote D'd'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
Nigeria Will face either Togo or Benin Republic in the second round of the qualifiers in August after the two sides' faceoff in the West African Zone B first round qualifying stage.
The home and away fixtures for the qualifying matches between Togo and Benin Republic will hold on July 16 and 23 respectively with Togo hosting the first leg.
In the Zone A of the first round qualifying stages for CHAN 2018, Sierra Leone will host Senegal, Guinea Bissau will host Guinea, Liberia will host Mauritania while Mali travel to the Gambia.
The first legs hold on July 15 and the return legs a week later.
Second Round Fixtures In Central East Zone (July 14 and 22)
South Sudan vs Uganda
Tanzania vs Rwanda
Djibouti vs Ethiopia
Burundi vs Sudan
Second Round Fixtures in Southern Zone (July 16 and 23)
Madagascar vs Mozambique
Mauritius vs Angola
Comoros vs Lesotho
Namibia vs Zimbabwe
Botswana vs South Africa
Swaziland vs Zambia