By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
As the sixth edition of the Total African Championship of Nations (CHAN) kicks off in Cameroon on Saturday, January 16, 2021, it is imperative to examine the past Champions of this tournament since inception in 2009.
2009: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
DR Congo won the inaugural edition of the tournament.
They started their campaign with a 2-0 win over Libya in Group B. DR Congo was forced to a 1-1 draw by Zimbabwe in their second group game before suffering a 3-0 defeat to Ghana in their final group game.
A 2-1 win against Zambia in the semi-final paved the way for their first title in the final where they secured sweet revenge with a 2-0 triumph over Ghana at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan.
Carthage Eagles won the second edition of the tournament which took place in Sudan.
From Group D, Tunisia defeated Rwanda (3-1), and Senegal (2-0), after playing out a 1-1 draw with Angola in their first game.
They dethroned defending Champions, DR Congo after a hard-fought 1-0 win over them in the quarter-final. A 5-3 penalty victory over Algeria in the semi-final set up a repeat of their first group game against Angola.
The North Africans eventually defeated Angola 3-0 to win the title at the Al Merreikh Stadium, Omdurman.
South Africa hosted the 2014 CHAN where Libya emerged as winners.
Libya finished second in Group C with five points.
In the Quarterfinal, they scaled through Gabon hurdle with a 4-2 victory on penalties.
They also faced the same scenario in the semi-final with a 5-4 penalty win over Zimbabwe.
Libya penalty stories didn’t change in the final as they defeated Ghana 4-3 to win their first CHAN title.
2016: DR Congo
The only country to have won the tournament twice, DR Congo secured their second title in 2016.
They finished second behind Cameroon in Group B and defeated Rwanda 2-1 after extra time in the Quarterfinal.
DR Congo eliminated Guinea 5-4 on penalties in the semi-final to set up a final clash with Mali.
A resounding 3-0 win over the Eagles of Mali at the Amahoro Stadium, Kigali, sealed their second title.
Morocco became the first and only host nation to win the tournament in 2018.
They had a perfect record in Group A before defeating Namibia 2-0 in the quarter-final.
A 3-1 win over Libya after extra time set up a final encounter with Nigeria.
Ayoub El Kaabi scored a hat-trick in the final to propel Morocco to their first title with a 4-0 win at the Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca.
Cameroon 2020 which will hold in 2021 will have three winners participating in the tournament. DR Congo, Libya, and Morocco are past winners.
Will they go ahead to win the title or will there be a new Champions in Cameroon?
Time will tell.
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