CHAN 2023 match schedule, results, tables, teams for African Nations Championship and how AFCON is different


The 2023 African Nations Championship, or CHAN for short, is being played in Algeria in January. The event is officially labeled as a 2022 event, but it was pushed by six months due to a scheduling backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament, which has been expanded to feature 18 national teams made up exclusively of domestic-based players, is held every two years, alternating with the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Despite the squad restriction, CHAN matches count as full internationals for player caps as well as in the calculation of the FIFA World Rankings.

The participation of Morocco, the two-time CHAN defending champions, is still up in the air given the team’s plane has not been authorised to travel to Algeria. The tense relations and disputes between the two nations — Algeria cut diplomatic ties in 2021 — led to Algeria closing its airspace to Moroccan aircraft and air travel originating in the country.

If Morocco withdraw from the tournament and the team does not pursue other travel options that would circumvent the travel ban, then the African confederation will be left to shuffle the competitive format at the last moment.

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What is CHAN 2023? How is it different from AFCON?

The African Nations Championship (CHAN) is a tournament established in 2009 to run biennially to help develop and promote the domestic game in Africa. It’s a showcase for players with many earning transfers to major European clubs on the back of their performances in the tournament.

The CHAN tournament differs from the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in one major way, restricting team squads only to players currently plying their trade in their home country’s domestic league. Therefore, for example, Riyad Mahrez is not eligible to play for Algeria, since he plays for Manchester City in England and not for an Algerian domestic club.

CHAN matches are still considered full internationals by FIFA for official record-keeping, counting for caps and the computation of the FIFA world rankings.

The first CHAN tournament in 2009 featured just eight teams. However, the competition has since expanded to 16 in 2011 and now 18 for the current edition (pending Morocco’s participation).

CHAN 2023 live stream, TV channel

Global TV network beIN Sports and African network SuperSport (sub-Saharan region) hold the rights to the 2023 CHAN tournament, and will be broadcasting games in all territories where they can be accessed.

Fans in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States can watch the tournament on beIN Sports channels.

TV channel Streaming
USA beIN Sports fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect
Australia beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect
Canada beIN Sports fuboTV Canada, beIN Sports Connect
Hong Kong beIN Sports beIN Sports, Now Player

All matches except one start at either 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. locally in Algeria. Below is a table showcasing how those times translate to multiple territories around the world.

Territory Zone Early kickoff Late kickoff
Australia AEDT 03:00 06:00
Canada ET 11:00 14:00
Hong Kong HKT 00:00 03:00
India IST 21:30 00:30
Malaysia MT 00:00 03:00
New Zealand AEDT 05:00 08:00
Singapore SST 00:00 03:00
United Kingdom GMT 16:00 19:00
USA ET 11:00 14:00

CHAN 2023 schedule, fixtures, teams

The seventh edition of the 2023 African Nations Championship hosted by Algeria will kick off on January 13, 2023 and run through the final on February 4, 2023.

Pending the status of Morocco’s participation, there will be 18 teams qualified for the tournament from six different regional zones. Only three of the qualified teams — Morocco, Libya and DR Congo — have previously won the tournament.

The group stage will see the 18 teams divided into five groups. Three of the groups will feature four teams (top two advance to knockouts), and the other two groups will have only three teams each (only group winner advance to knockouts).

The eight-team knockout stage will be contested in single-elimination format to produce a winner, with a third-place match also taking place.

If Morocco officially withdraw — their first match in Group C is not until Sunday, January 15 — then organizers will need to make a late change to the tournament format.

Group stage

All matches listed below are listed in local West African Time for kickoff from Algeria. Refer to the table above to translate that time to your local territory.

Group A table table

Pos Team Pts Matches W-L-D Goal Diff.
1. Algeria 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Libya 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Ethiopia 0 0 0-0-0 0
4. Mozambique 0 0 0-0-0 0

Group A schedule

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Fri, Jan. 13 19:00 / 14:00 Algeria vs. Lybia
Sat, Jan. 14 13:00 / 08:00 Ethiopia vs. Mozambique
Tue, Jan. 17 16:00 / 11:00 Algeria vs. Ethiopia
Tue, Jan. 17 19:00 / 14:00 Mozambique vs. Libya
Sat, Jan. 21 19:00 / 14:00 Mozambique vs. Algeria
Sat, Jan. 21 19:00 / 14:00 Libya vs. Ethiopia

Group B table

Pos Team Matches Pts W-L-D Goal Diff.
1. DR Congo 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Ivory Coast 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Senegal 0 0 0-0-0 0
4. Uganda 0 0 0-0-0 0

Group B schedule

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Sat, Jan. 14 16:00 / 11:00 DR Congo vs. Uganda
Sat, Jan. 14 19:00 / 14:00 Ivory Coast vs. Senegal
Wed, Jan. 18 16:00 / 11:00 DR Congo vs. Ivory Coast
Wed, Jan. 18 19:00 / 14:00 Senegal vs. Uganda
Sun, Jan. 22 19:00 / 14:00 Senegal vs. DR Congo
Sun, Jan. 22 19:00 / 14:00 Uganda vs. Ivory Coast

Group C table

Pos Team Matches Pts W-L-D Goal Diff.
1. Morocco 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Sudan 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Madagascar 0 0 0-0-0 0
4. Ghana 0 0 0-0-0 0

Group C schedule

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Sun, Jan. 15 16:00 / 11:00 Morocco vs. Sudan
Sun, Jan. 15 19:00 / 14:00 Madagascar vs. Ghana
Thu, Jan. 19 16:00 / 11:00 Morocco vs. Madagascar
Thu, Jan. 19 19:00 / 14:00 Ghana vs. Sudan
Mon, Jan. 23 19:00 / 14:00 Ghana vs. Morocco
Mon, Jan. 23 19:00 / 14:00 Sudan vs. Madagascar

Group D table

Pos Team Matches Pts W-L-D Goal Diff.
1. Mali 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Angola 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Mauritania 0 0 0-0-0 0

Group D schedule

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Mon, Jan. 16 16:00 / 11:00 Mali vs. Angola
Fri, Jan. 20 16:00 / 11:00 Angola vs. Mauritania
Tue, Jan. 24 16:00 / 11:00 Mauritania vs. Mali

Group E table

Pos Team Pts Matches W-L-D Goal Diff.
1. Cameroon 0 0 0-0-0 0
2. Congo 0 0 0-0-0 0
3. Niger 0 0 0-0-0 0

Group E schedule

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Mon, Jan. 16 19:00 / 14:00 Cameroon vs. Congo
Fri, Jan. 20 19:00 / 14:00 Congo vs. Niger
Tue, Jan. 24 19:00 / 14:00 Niger vs. Cameroon

Knockout stage

Quarterfinals

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Fri, Jan. 27 16:00 / 11:00 QF1: Winner Grp A vs. 2nd Grp B
Fri, Jan. 27 19:00 / 14:00 QF2: Winner Grp B vs. Winner Grp D
Sat, Jan. 28 16:00 / 11:00 QF3: Winner Grp C vs. 2nd Grp A
Sat, Jan. 28 19:00 / 14:00 QF4: Winner Grp E vs. 2nd Grp C

Semifinals

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Tue, Jan. 31 16:00 / 11:00 Winner QF1 vs. Winner QF3
Tue, Jan. 31 19:00 / 14:00 Winner QF2 vs. Winner QF4

Third Place

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Fri, Feb. 3 19:00 / 14:00 Loser SF1 vs. Loser SF2

Final

Date Time (GMT / ET) Match
Sat, Feb. 4 19:00 / 14:00 Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

CHAN champions all-time: List of winners in history

The CHAN tournament has been held biennially since 2009, now in its seventh edition.

Morocco and DR Congo have each won the tournament twice, jointly the most successful teams in its brief history.

Year Host Nation Champion
2009 Ivory Coast DR Congo
2011 Sudan Tunisia
2014 South Africa Libya
2016 Rwanda DR Congo
2018 Morocco Morocco
2021 Cameroon Morocco
2023 Algeria TBD

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