The 2014 African Nations Championship was the third edition of CHAN. Initially scheduled in Libya, the tournament was moved to South Africa because of the unstable situation then. It took place from 11 January to 1 February 2014 with sixteen (16) teams taking place in the finals. Forty-one (41) teams played in the qualifiers that were played on Zonal basis.
The finals saw the sixteen teams divided on four groups. Group A had the hosts South Africa with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. Group B included Burkina Faso, Morocco, Uganda and Zimbabwe, while Group C had Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia and Libya. Group D included Burundi, DR Congo, Gabon and Mauritania.
Hosts South Africa opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Mozambique, but both crashed out of Group A which saw Mali and Nigeria qualifying on seven and six points respectively. Morocco and Zimbabwe gathered five points each to qualify from Group B, while Ghana and Libya reached the quarterfinals from Group C. Gabon and DR Congo were the top two sides of Group D.
The quarterfinals started with a thriller where Nigeria scored in extra-time to see off Morocco 4-3. Zimbabwe defied odds to beat Mali 2-1, while Libya needed penalty shootout to defeat Gabon 4-2 after a 1-1 draw in full time. Ghana scored late to oust maiden edition champions DR Congo 1-0.
In the semifinals, it was penalty joy again for Libya, who won Zimbabwe 5-4 after goalless draw in full time. It was a similar story for Ghana who defeated Nigeria 4-1 on penalties after another barren stalemate. Nigeria won third place, beating Zimbabwe 1-0.
In the final, it was the third shootout in a row for Libya’s Mediterranean Knights, who proved they are masters of spot kicks, defeating Ghana 4-3 after a goalless draw in full and extra time. It was Libya’s first ever CAF major trophy.