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Only three cities will host the 2014 Chan tournament, and Mbebe, the Chan CEO, said that the excitement is building up with 12 days to go before the opening ceremony

Chan CEO Mvuzo Mbebe has expressed his delight at the arrival of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ahead of the Chan tournament in South Africa.

The Congolese were the first team to touch down on South African soil, and they will be based in Polokwane where they will be battling against Gabon, Burundi and Mauritania in Group D. 

“We are exactly 12 days to kickoff and with the first team (DRC) arriving, it is now clear that we are within touching distance to the start of the tournament,” Mbebe was quoted in The STAR newspaper.

Mbebe revealed that the three host cities – Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Polokwane – are ready to welcome Africa, and he confirmed that the other 14 teams will be in the country next week.

“All the ground work has been laid and as we await the arrival of the other 14 teams, we eagerly anticipate the kickoff to a tournament that will celebrate Africa’s Home Champions,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana are yet to prepare for the tournament, which gets underway in Cape Town on January 11. SA will face Mozambique in the opening match of the tournament at the Cape Town Stadium. 

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