Purpose behind CHAN

Sport & Sante

The African Nations Championship (CHAN) is a tournament in which the national teams exclusively feature players who ply their trade in the domestic league of their home country. Therefore, apart from players based in Europe and other leagues abroad, even players who play in other African leagues are not eligible to represent their home country in the championship. In 2007, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officially announced the introduction of CHAN, to be held every two years. Having commenced in 2009, the 5th edition will take place in 2018.

The idea behind CHAN was the need to strengthen the domestic leagues in Africa, which have been overshadowed by the European leagues. When one considers that only 74 out of the 368 players that featured at the 2015 African Cup of Nations were playing for clubs in their home country, the need for CHAN is further appreciated.

Tournament History

The first CHAN tournament was held in 2009. It featured 8 teams (Ivory Coast, Libya, Senegal, Ghana, DR Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) and was hosted by Ivory Coast. The Democratic Republic of Congo made history as the first ever winners of CHAN, beating Ghana 2-0 in the final. Interestingly, both teams had been in the same group (Group B) where Ghana had beaten DR Congo 3-0. Hosts Ivory Coast finished at the bottom of Group A with just 1 point after they lost 3-0 to Zambia, 1-0 to Tanzania.

Cameroon will host the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship from January 16 to February 7, 2021. This will be the first edition organized by Cameroon.