09 February 2016 09:03
A total of 80 goals were counted at the fourth edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), Rwanda 2016, and an average of 2.5 goals per match. The tally is the highest ever since the inception of the championship in 2009.
The maiden edition in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 saw 30 goals in 16 matches (eight teams participated). The next edition in Sudan in 2011, which had 16 teams, registered 59 goals. In South Africa in 2014, 73 goals were scored.
With four goals to their credit, Mechak Elia, Ahmed Akaichi and Elvis Chisom Chikatara equal the record of South African Bernard Parker in 2014, but remain shy of Zambian Given Singuluma, who netted five goals in 2009 in five matches. It must be noted that Akaichi played four matches and Chikatara three.
4 goals: Elvis Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria), Mechak Elia (DR Congo), Ahmed Akaichi (Tunisia)
3 goals: Jonathan Bolingi (DR Congo), Ernest Sugira (Rwanda)
2 goals: Ary Papel (Angola), Yazid Atouba Emane (Cameroon), Boua Koffi (Côte d’Ivoire), Alseny Camara Agogo, Ibrahima Sory Sankhon (Guinea), Abdelghani Mouaoui (Morocco), Saâd Bguir (Tunisia)
1 goal: Gelson (Angola), Nicolas Ngamaleu, Samuel Nlend (Cameroon), Zakri Krahire, Essis Aka, Djédjé Guiza, Blé Treika, Junior Atcho, Serge N’Guessan, Gbagnon Badie (Côte d’Ivoire), Seyoum Tesfaye (Ethiopia), Aaron Boupendza, Franck Obambou (Gabon), Aboubacar Sylla Iyangha, Aboubacar Kile Bangoura (Guinea), Sekou Koita, Hamidou Sinayoko, Moussa Sissoko, Aliou Dieng, Abdoulaye Diarra, Yves Bissouma (Mali), Mohamed Aziz, Abdeladim Khadrouf (Morocco), Zakari Adebayor, Moussa Issa, Moussa Adamou (Niger), Osas Okoro (Nigeria), Joseph Ochaya, Farouk Miya, Geofrey Serunkuma (Uganda), Guy Lusadisu, Héritier Luvumbu, Nelson Munganga, Mundele Makasu, Doxa Gikanji, Padou Bompunga (DR Congo), Emery Bayisenge, Hegman Ngomirakiza (Rwanda), Mohamed Ben Amor, Hichem Essifi, Mohamed Ali Moncer (Tunisia), Isaac Chansa, Christopher Katongo (Zambia), Erisa Ssekisambu, Farouk Miya, William Manondo (Zimbabwe)
Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo) against Angola
Mohamed Youla (Guinea) against Cote d’Ivoire (third-place match)