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Staff Reporter

2016-01-18 09:05:20.

Here’s what you missed from the weekend:

1. The 2016 edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) hosted by Rwanda, kicked off on Saturday. Amid the typical pomp and pageantry, the host nation – Rwanda – opened the tournament with a 1-nil win over Cote D’Ivoire, in their Group A fixture. In another Group A match, Morocco played out a goalless draw with Gabon to seal a point each in the group.

2. On Sunday, CHAN continued with Group B teams filing out to the pitch in a bid determine their group fate. DR Congo and Ethiopia, were first to lock horns with what followed afterwards, least expected. DR Congo romped three goals into the back of Ethiopia’s net with the former capping a spot at the peak of the group table. Angola versus Cameroon were next in line. The encounter didn’t see many goals like their group A counterparts, but Cameroon though with a scare, earned maximum three points with a 1-nil win over Angola.

3. The Football Five Aside World Cup (F5WC), is back in 2016. Scheduled in Bangkok, Thailand, and billed for March, regional team finalists from across Nigeria converged in Lagos to play for the national championship. The unconventional football format witnessed a large and impressive attendance of fans at the venue, and the matches, were adrenaline-charged meshed with lots of fun. At the end, one team was declared winner: DeRoyal FC.

Retaining the cup for a consecutive second time, DeRoyal will represent Nigeria in Thailand, and it’s hoped given their experience on a global stage, they will advance to the semi-finals.

4. A new interactive sports content analytic tool was launched on Saturday. STATR, as it is known, is positioned to collect and analyse live sport data on both sport teams and athletes. Fresh with organic growth in sight, STATR aims to influence and redirect the narrative of live sport starting from Nigeria.

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