African Nations Championship

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African Nations Championship
African Nations Championship.jpg
Founded 2009
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 16
Current champions Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo (2nd title)
Most successful team(s) Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo (2 titles)
2018 African Nations Championship

The Total 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, are not qualified to take part in the African Championship of Nations.

The first tournament was held in 2009. It was hosted by Ivory Coast 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][3] The tournament was won by Tunisia, in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution.[4]

The tournament is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations.

History[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 matches are recognized by FIFA as first team matches.[5][6]

Sponsorship[edit]

In July 2016, Total has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions.[7] Due to this sponsorship, the African Nations Championship is named "Total African Nations Championship".

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[8]

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[9]

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[10] 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
DR Congo
3 – 0
Mali

Ivory Coast
2 – 1
Guinea
2018
Details
 Kenya Future event Future event
2020
Details
 Ethiopia Future event Future event

Most successful national teams[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 DR Congo 2 (2009, 2016) - - -
 Libya 1 (2014) - - -
 Tunisia 1 (2011) - - -
 Ghana - 2 (2009, 2014) - -
 Angola - 1 (2011) - -
 Mali - 1 (2016) - -
 Ivory Coast - - 1 (2016) -
 Nigeria - - 1 (2014) -
 Sudan - - 1 (2011*) -
 Zambia - - 1 (2009) -
 Algeria - - - 1 (2011)
 Guinea - - - 1 (2016)
 Senegal - - - 1 (2009)
 Zimbabwe - - - 1 (2014)

* hosts

Participating nations[edit]

Team Ivory Coast
2009
Sudan
2011
South Africa
2014
Rwanda
2016
Kenya
2018
Years
 Algeria 4th 1
 Angola 2nd 1
 Angola GS 1
 Burkina Faso GS 1
 Burundi GS 1
 Cameroon QF 1
 Cameroon QF 1
 Congo GS 1
 DR Congo 1st QF 2
 DR Congo QF 1st 2
 Ivory Coast GS GS 2
 Ivory Coast 3rd 1
 Ethiopia GS GS 2
 Gabon GS 1
 Gabon QF GS 2
 Ghana 2nd GS 2
 Ghana 2nd 1
 Guinea 4th 1
 Kenya q 1
 Libya GS 1
 Libya 1st 1
 Mali GS 1
 Mali QF 2nd 2
 Mauritania GS 1
 Morocco QF GS 2
 Mozambique GS 1
 Niger QF 1
 Niger GS 1
 Nigeria 3rd GS 2
 Rwanda GS 1
 Rwanda QF 1
 Senegal 4th GS 2
 South Africa QF 1
 South Africa GS 1
 Sudan 3rd 1
 Tanzania GS 1
 Tunisia 1st 1
 Tunisia QF 1
 Uganda GS 1
 Uganda GS GS 2
 Zambia 3rd 1
 Zambia QF 1
 Zimbabwe GS GS 2
 Zimbabwe 4th GS 2
Total 8 16 16 16
Legend

See also[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. ^ "CAF Executive Committee Decisions". Cafonline. 19 September 2009. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tunisia beat Angola in the CHAN final in Sudan". BBC Sport. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "African Nations Championship in Rwanda gives domestic talent a chance". The Guardian. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nigeria 'do not have A and B teams' says Oliseh ahead of Nations Championship". The National. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  7. ^ AfricaNews (2017-04-18). "Total to sponsor CAF competitions for the next eight years". Africanews. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  8. ^ CAF Online: New Competition launched : African Championship of Nations Archived November 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/competition/african-nations-championship_2011/qualifiers
  10. ^ "DR Congo lift CHAN trophy". BBC Sport. 8 March 2009. 

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