African Nations Championship

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from African Championship of Nations)
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Africa Cup of Nations. ‹See Tfd›
African Nations Championship
Founded 2009
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 16
Current champions  Libya (2014)
Most successful team(s)  DR Congo
 Libya
 Tunisia
(all 1 title)
2014 African Nations Championship

The African Nations Championship (sometimes referred to as African Championship of Nations or CHAN) is a football tournament which was first announced on 11 September 2007.[1] It is administered by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and is played between the best national teams of Africa, exclusively featuring players who are active in the national championships and qualified to play in the ongoing season. Expatriate players, regardless of where they play, even in Africa, may not qualify to take part in the African Championship of Nations.

The first tournament was held in 2009. It was hosted by Côte d'Ivoire and won by The Democratic Republic of the Congo. The competition was expanded to 16 teams for the second tournament, held in Sudan in 2011.[2] The tournament was won by Tunisia, in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution.[3]

The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations. The qualifying phase has taken place every even year and the final every odd year. From now on it has swapped years with Africa Cup of Nations.[4]

Tournament formation[edit]

The creation of the African Nations Championship was a response to the desire to revive or strengthen national competitions regularly weakened by a mass exodus of top players who leave their home countries to play for foreign teams which will pay more and get them more media coverage. Starting from the 2014 edition onwards, all of the match's are recognize by FIFA as 'A' team match's.

CAF hopes that the players in the national competitions can experience the joy of the selection, and to one day integrate the selection with that of the Cup of African Nations.

Qualifying[edit]

The eight tournament spots, for the first edition in 2009, were allocated the following way:

  • One each for North Zone, Zone West A, Zone West B, Centre Zone and Central-East Zone
  • Two for the Southern Zone
  • One for the host country of the final tournament[5]

Since the second edition, in 2011, 16 teams qualify for the tournament, allocated this way (including host country):

  • 2 each for North Zone and Zone West A
  • 3 each for Zone West B, Central Zone, Central-East Zone and Southern Zone[6]

Tournament format[edit]

The Group stage of the African Nations Championship features pools of four teams drawn at random. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage.

On 8 March 2009, Democratic Republic of the Congo defeated Ghana 2–0[7] to become the first winner of the tournament.

Results[edit]

Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2009
Details
 Ivory Coast
DR Congo
2 – 0
Ghana

Zambia
2 – 1
Senegal
2011
Details
 Sudan
Tunisia
3 – 0
Angola

Sudan
1 – 0
Algeria
2014
Details
 South Africa
Libya
0 – 0
(4–3 pen.)

Ghana

Nigeria
1 – 0
Zimbabwe
2016
Details
 Rwanda Future event Future event
2018
Details
 Kenya Future event Future event

Most successful national teams[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 DR Congo 1 (2009) - - -
 Tunisia 1 (2011) - - -
 Libya 1 (2014) - - -
 Ghana - 2 (2009, 2014) - -
 Angola - 1 (2011) - -
 Zambia - - 1 (2009) -
 Sudan - - 1 (2011) -
 Nigeria - - 1 (2014) -
 Senegal - - - 1 (2009)
 Algeria - - - 1 (2011)
 Zimbabwe - - - 1 (2014)

Participating nations[edit]

Team Ivory Coast
2009
Sudan
2011
South Africa
2014
Rwanda
2016
Years
 Algeria 4th 1
 Angola 2nd 1
 Burkina Faso GS 1
 Burundi GS 1
 Cameroon QF 1
 Congo GS 1
 DR Congo 1st QF q 3
 Ivory Coast GS GS 2
 Ethiopia GS 1
 Gabon GS q 2
 Ghana 2nd GS 2nd 3
 Libya GS 1st 2
 Mali GS q 2
 Mauritania GS 1
 Morocco q 1
 Mozambique GS 1
 Nigeria QF 3rd 2
 Rwanda GS q 2
 Senegal 4th GS 2
 South Africa QF GS 2
 Sudan 3rd 1
 Tanzania GS 1
 Tunisia 1st 1
 Uganda GS GS 2
 Zambia 3rd 1
 Zimbabwe GS GS 4th 3
Total 8 16 16
Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SM - Semi Finals
  • QF – Quarter Finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • q – Qualified
  •     — Hosts

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New tournament for Africa". BBC Sport. 11 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Sannie, Ibrahim (28 February 2009). "CAF plans to expand CHAN". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tunisia beat Angola in the CHAN final in Sudan". BBC Sport. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nations Cup switched to odd years". BBC Sport. 16 May 2010. 
  5. ^ CAF Online: New Competition launched : African Championship of Nations
  6. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/competition/african-nations-championship_2011/qualifiers
  7. ^ "DR Congo lift CHAN trophy". BBC Sport. 8 March 2009.