The African Nations Championship returns from January 13 to February 4, 2023 in Algeria. Here is the presentation of Group B of CHAN 2022, composed of the DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Uganda.
Champion at the very first edition of CHAN, the DRC enters the scene in what will be its sixth participation. It currently remains, along with Uganda and Zimbabwe, the nations with the most appearances (5) in the history of the tournament.
The Leopards, double CHAN champions (2009, 2016), remain, with Morocco, the only two nations to win gold twice. The only country to defend the Central African zone so far, Otis Ngoma’s DRC could do better than in the previous edition when they were eliminated 2-1 in the quarter-finals by hosts Cameroon.
Ivory Coast :
With Souhalio Haïdara at its head this year, Côte d’Ivoire will make its fifth appearance in the history of CHAN in Algeria. The West African country was present in 2009, 2011, 2016 and 2018. Absent in Cameroon during the last edition in 2021, the Elephants finished bottom of their Group B, in Morocco in 2018, with 1 point behind Uganda , Namibia and Zambia.
Ivory Coast’s greatest achievement in the history of African competition remains a third place finish in 2016, after a 2-1 victory against Guinea in the small final.
The last time Senegal appeared in CHAN was in 2011, during the second edition of the tournament. It was the second successive time that the Teranga Lions appeared, after the first in 2009. In this last participation, they collected 4 points, but finished 3rd, ahead of Rwanda and behind Angola and Tunisia.
Senegal’s best performance at a CHAN remains that of 2009, when they were beaten on penalties by Ghana in the small final. Pape Thiaw’s side are eagerly awaited in Algeria, with their country being defending African Cup of Nations champions in Cameroon early last year.
The last country in Group B is Uganda. The Southern African country remains one of the most consistent in CHAN. Absent from the very first edition of the competition, the Cranes played the next five. Algeria will be their sixth participation, a record that the men of Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho will share with the DRC.
Despite this great experience in the history of the tournament, Uganda remains on only one win and 5 draws in 15 games. They have never been able to progress beyond the group stages, their best performance being that of 2014 when they finished 3rd with 4 points.
In the last edition of CHAN in 2021, Uganda finished last in Group C with 1 point behind Togo, Rwanda and Morocco.