CAF President officially launches CHAN 2018

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Casablanca, Morocco:

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad appeared at the official African Nations Championship (CHAN) press conference on Friday 12th January at the Complexe Sportif Mohamed V in Casablanca.

The 5th tournament is scheduled to kickoff on Saturday 13th in Morocco with the hosts taking on Mauritania in group A opener at Complexe Sportif Mohamed V in Casablanca.

During the conference the president’s emphasis was towards the development of African football while reaffirming to the media the importance of their role in the development of African football, the CAF President bluntly said that “everything is ready” for the beginning of this competition.

“This tournament is a pride of Africa and a legacy we inherited from our predecessors,” Ahmad said.

Hamza Hajoui, the Deputy Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), said his outfit has undergone a lot of work to renovate facilities in all four venues and are ready to host teams in the best conditions.

In order to facilitate the work of the media, the LOC has concluded an agreement with the National Railways Authority, ONCF, on a deal for accredited media for the tournament to able to travel free by train between the four venues. The media will be provided with a voucher at the various sale points of ONCF upon the presentation of their accreditation.

Although the pretext of the press conference was about Total CHAN Morocco 2018, the CAF President did not dodge the questions relating to the position of CAF with respect to the candidature of Morocco for hosting rights of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

“As CAF President, it is an obligation for me to support Morocco’s bid. To claim the rights to organize a second World Cup in Africa in 100 years is legitimate. Now we have a way of doing things that involves consulting and involving everyone. Regarding this issue, the Executive Committee will decide soon and even the General Assembly, which will be held on 2 February 2018. As you might know, even at FIFA level, it is now the Congress as a whole that votes the host country of the FIFA World Cup,” explained.

The tournament involves 16 teams with four groups and will run for 21 days ending on 4th February.

The best two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter Finals.

Saturday 13th opening Fixture

Group A

Morocco 19:30 Mauritania

Stadium: Complexe Mohammed V , Casablanca


Referee: Janny SIKAZWE (Zambia)

Sunday 14 January 2018

 Group A

Guinea 14:30 Sudan

Stadium: Complexe Mohammed V , Casablanca


Referee: Helder MARTINS DE CARVALHO (Angola)


Group B

Cote d’Ivoire 16:30 Namibia

Stadium: Grand stade Marrakech , Marrakech


Referee: Noureddine EL JAAFARI (Morocco)


Group B

Zambia 19:30 Uganda

Stadium: Grand stade Marrakech , Marrakech

Referee: Mehdi ABID CHAREF (Algeria)




Group A


1 Morocco

2 Mauritania

3 Guinea

4 Sudan


Group B



2 Uganda

3 Zambia

4 Cote d’Ivoire


Group C


1 Libya

2 Nigeria

3 Rwanda

4 Equatorial Guinea


Group D


1 Congo

2 Angola

3 Cameroon

4 Burkina Faso