January 12, 2018

Five African Nations Championship facts

Five African Nations Championship facts

Mohamed Oulhaj of Morocco gets to the ball ahead of Ifeanyi Ede of Nigeria during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships quarterfinal football match between Morocco and Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 25 January 2014

Five facts about the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which begins in Morocco Saturday:

IVORY COAST, Abidjan : Ivory Coast’s forward Koelly Kevin Zougoula (R) vies for the ball with Nigeria’s goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim (C) and Solomon Kwambe (L) during the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Nigeria on July 27, 2013 at the Robert-Champroux Stadium in Abidjan. Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2 – 0. AFP PHOTO File photo 

— A total of 242 goals have been scored during the previous four tournaments in the Ivory Coast, Sudan, South Africa and Rwanda at an average of 2.16 per match.

— Tunisia trounced Niger 5-0 two years ago to create a record winning margin while Nigeria edged Morocco 4-3 during 2014 in the match with the most goals.

— There have been two hat-tricks in the 112 games, scored by Given Singuluma of Zambia and Chisom Chikatara of Nigeria in 14 and 15 minutes respectively.

— Libya became 2014 champions despite drawing all but one of their six matches. They defeated Gabon, Zimbabwe and Ghana in the knockout phase through penalty shootouts.

— A 1-0 scoreline has been the most common since the tournament started, occurring 27 times, followed by 2-1 on 17 occasions with 0-0 and 1-1 the equal third most frequent result.