Ever since its first edition in 2009, no country has ever hosted the African Nations Championship (CHAN) and won it but for Morocco who hosted and won it in the last edition in 2018.
The atlas lions coached by one of the most experienced mercenaries in African Football, Herve Renard who before his appointment had won the AFCON with Zambia in 2012 and the Cote d’Ivoire in 2015.
The Moroccans began their campaign in style dismantling Mauritania 4-0 in their opener, then a 3-1 win over Guinea and a 0-0 tie with Sudan to complete the group stage top of their group with seven points.
At the quarter finals, they dismissed Namibia 2-0 then winning Lybia 3-1 in the Semis to set up a final against Nigeria which they won 4-0 to clinch their first CHAN title.
It should be noted that Morocco were a make shift host as original host Kenya could not meet up with the competition’s standards, hence Morocco hosted.
Sudan have also made some strives when they hosted in 2011 as they qualified top of their group after wins over Gabon and Uganda then settling for a draw against Algeria.
At the level of the knockout stage, the Sudanese went all the way to the Semis but lost 4-2 on penalties to Angola after a 1-1 draw in regular play time.
However, they won their third place match after seeing off Algeria 1-0.
Rwanda in 2016, hosted but could only reached quarter finals of the competition as they were defeated by eventual champions DR Congo.
South Africa who hosted in 2014, only managed four points in 3 matches as they were crashed out of the competition.
The host of the Pioneer edition in 2009, Cote d’Ivoire has the poorest record as a host nation.
They played three matches losing two matches and drawing one with no goal scored (lost 3-0 to Zambia, 1-0 to Tanzania and 0-0 with Senegal)
Cameroon is the sixth host of the competition and expectations are high as many want to see the boys of Martin Ndtoungo Mpile progress to the final and win the competition but the question is how visible is the dream?
The African nations championship (CHAN) begins on January 16 with Cameroon to play against Zimbabwe in this year’s inaugural match of the competition.