The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President IssaHayatou has hailed Ferwafa president and chairman of CHAN 2016 local organising committee, Vincent Nzamwita for the successful hosting of the 4th edition of three-week long tournament which climaxed on February 7 in Kigali.
In a letter addressed to Nzamwita last week, the CAF boss on behalf of the CAF Executive Committee and the African football family hailed Rwanda for the good work accomplished towards the impressive success of the 2016 CHAN tournament.
“For the good work achieved during the CHAN Rwanda tournament, we would like to hereby express our gratitude for your immeasurable sacrifices, you and your team exhibited to ensure that the competition is not only a great success but a great party,”
“To all the people who invested their ability, to the dynamic team which had a burden of coordinating on every aspect related to the success of the tournament, I personally, the CAF Executive Committee, the Organising Committee of CHAN and the entire African Football Family, do express our gratitude,” said the CAF President.
The CHAN 2016 tournament started on January 2016 and climaxed on February 7, held in four venues at Amahoro, Huye, Umuganda and Stade de Kigali respectively.
DR Congo, winners of the maiden edition in 2009, won the 2016 edition after edging Mali 3-0 in the final to cruise to their second African Nations Championship (CHAN) title.
Beside the trophy, the Congolese were also 750,000 US Dollars richer whilst Mali pocketed 400,000 US Dollars for finishing second. Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea who finished third and fourth respectively received 250,000 US Dollars each.
Hosts Rwanda was eliminated in the quarter final by eventual winner DR Congo after a 2-1 win in extra-time.
Neighbours Kenya will host the 2018h edition of the Africa Nations’ Championship (CHAN) which is reserved for only locally-based players featuring in their country’s domestic leagues.