football African Nations Championship (CHAN) it goes on and on, with the first round of matches taking place in Algeria. Originally, the competition was to take place in 2022, but it was moved from January 13 to February 4 this year.
17 teams are battling for the crown after the title holders Morocco withdrew from the original group of 18.
The championship acts as a barometer of native African talent, and only players who trade on the continent are eligible to participate in the tournament. It leaves the door open for some of the lesser-known players to grab the world’s attention as stars from the national leagues of the countries involved are given a great platform to showcase their skills.
The 2022 edition (in 2023) sees teams competing in five groups in the initial action phase, with two groups of four teams and three groups of three. The late withdrawal of the Moroccan champions means that Group C now consists of just three teams compared to the original four.
The quarter-finals will start on January 27, the semi-finals on January 31 and the final on Saturday, February 4.
Here’s what the CHAN 2022 group stage looks like right now:
Group A results
Algeria 1-0 Libya (Friday 13 January)
Ethiopia 0-0 Mozambique (Saturday 14 January)
Group B results
DR Congo 0-0 Uganda (Saturday 14 January)
Ivory Coast 0-1 Senegal (Saturday 14 January)
Group C results
Madagascar 2-1 Ghana (Sunday 15 January)
Group D results
Mali 3-3 Angola (Monday 16 January)
Group E results
Cameroon 1-0 Congo (Monday 16 January)