CAF football: throwback on the final
Every two years since 2007, CAF organizes one of the most watched sporting competitions in Africa: the CAF Total African Nations Championship. What competition is it?
CHAN was created in 2007 to identify African football leaflets. The second football competition in Africa, CHAN is played every two years. Its winner is crowned "African Champion of Nations". Like CAN, CHAN takes place in two stages: it begins with an elimination phase and ends with a final phase. For the 2018 edition (the fifth), the final phase will take place in Morocco in the legendary stadiums of Agadir, Marrakech and Casablanca. It is a most anticipated meeting where 16 national teams will compete to be crowned champion of Africa. It is also the perfect opportunity to meet the staff of African football, including the new president of the CAF, the Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad, and Tarek Bouchamaoui, the representative of Africa and Tunisia on the board of directors of FIFA.
The final phase of CHAN: a moment of pure revelation
Unlike CAN, CHAN is reserved for players playing on African soil. For this final phase, new discoveries are expected. Most recruiters from major European clubs are also there. It is also a moment where we can rediscover the talent of the most awaited African players, including Cameroonian Eto'o (David Pierre, the little brother of the former Barcelona) and Messi (Raphael Eric Bouri). In terms of games, the tables have very busy schedules. The composition of the bands already announces us big surprises like the explosive composition of the group B with Ivory Coast, Zambia and Namibia.
Classified as a great absentee of this final phase, Tunisia will have the opportunity to stand on stage at the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. For the Eagle of Carthage, this will be the opportunity to try to win this famous cup for the second time.
The final of the final phase: a total surprise
As each team is discovering itself and no favorite is yet announced, the final of this fifth edition is a big surprise. Nevertheless, we can learn from the facts before to announce some trends. According to past experience, 1/3 of the competitions organized in Africa are won by the organizing country. Thus, for this fifth edition, the eyes are on the prematurely announced Morocco as a favorite of this tournament.
On some matches already played (during the qualifiers), we can see a remarkable rise in technical level of the teams, something that the FIFA turnover Tarek Bouchamaoui intends to improve on the occasion of his participation in the leadership of FIFA.