DR Congo Make CHAN History, Win Second Final in African Nations Championship
• Elia Meschak is Tournament’s Top Scorer
• It’s the second time Mali failed to score in CHAN 2016
The Democratic Republic of Congo made history as they emerged champions of the African Nations Championship for the second time.
The climax of the competition which had DR Congo defeat Mali at the Amahoro Stadium, leaves in the tournament’s trail several record setting.
It’s the fourth time the winner of the tournament will not concede in the final since the first edition in 2009. Other teams to achieve this feat are Tunisia (2009) and Libya (2014).
DR Congo is only the second team in the history of the competition to win the final by a three goal margin. The first team to win by same margin was Tunisia, defeating Angola in 2011 which was hosted by Sudan.
The Leopards are the first team to make two appearances in the final and not concede.
DR Congo have now won the most title in the competition (2) after winning the first edition in 2009 which featured ONLY 8 teams and was hosted in West Africa by Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). The Leopards defeated the Black Stars of Ghana with a 2-0 margin to claim victory.
It is the first time Mali will make an appearance in the tournament’s final with their previous best being the quarter final round in 2014.
Elia Meschak is the first player in the tournament’s history to score two goals in the final.
Guinea and Ivory Coast played out 1-2 in the third place match with the Ivorian Elephants emerging victorious. It is the first time both teams have gone this far in the since Ivory Coast hosted the first edition with Guinea only making its debut in CHAN 2016.
The African Nations Championship for 2018 will be held in the East African nation of Kenya.
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