On January 13, when the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) begins, prominent figures from the world of football will be in Algiers.
The continental tournament for players who compete in their respective local leagues begins in the Algerian city, and Jay Jay Okocha of Nigeria, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Karim Haggui of Tunisia, El Hadji Diouf of Senegal, and Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo will be in the stands.
Rabah Madjer, an Algerian native who played for his country for 19 years and helped them win the AFCON in 1990 as well as two World Cups in 1982 and 1986, will guide the luminaries and extend a warm welcome to them in their native nation.
Samuel Eto’o, a two-time African champion and the current leader of the Cameroon Football Federation will also be present.
The Technical Study Group (TSG), which is in charge of monitoring the 32 games of the competition, is made up of a number of other well-known individuals, including Mark Fish, Michael Amenga, and Raymond Kalla of Kenya (South Africa).
The others are Abraham Mebratu (Ethiopia), Jamal Fathi (Morocco), Joao Miller Gomes (Angola), Herita Illunga (Democratic Republic of Congo), Belhassen Malouche, and Ameur Chafik (Algeria) (Tunisia).
The tournament, which debuted in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009, is conducted every two years; this year’s competition will run from January 13 to February 4.