Africa National Championship ends at high note– Police
Rwanda hosted the fourth edition of the African Nations Championship - the
biennial international football championship organized by the Confederation
of African Football (CAF) - that kicked off on January 16 running for three
weeks and ended yesterday. The tournament attracted a total of 16 teams from across the continent, they include, Tunisia, Morocco, Guinea, Mali, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Uganda, Gabon, DR Congo, Niger, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Rwanda the host.
The tournament ended yesterday with DR Congo emerging the winner after a 3-0 victory against Mali “Besides the fact that the tournament was well organised by all stakeholders including Rwanda National Police, throughout the games, we
didn’t witness any security issues. We had our officers escort delegates, players and fans throughout their stay even during trainings,” said the Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa.
The cooperation by the tournament officials was impeccable and facilitating
security organs and vice versa. Besides the finals, other famous matches in the tournament included a game between Rwanda and DR Congo which attracted very many fans from DR Congo and locals.
The highly anticipated Rwanda-DR Congo game saw police escorting hundreds
of Congolese fans all the way from Rubavu-Goma border to Kigali to attend
the game. A considerable number of fans travelled from Uganda and DR Congo during the whole tournament and we appreciate the level of compliance they exhibited in their movements together with their Rwanda counterparts.
“The manner in which fans behaved was impressive; all our security checks
were manned well and we didn’t experience any breach of security measures
not even on our checkpoints. We remain confident that our institutions have
matured enough to host event bigger international events,” said ACP Twahirwa.
Meawhile, at the end of the tournament, the acting president of CAF hailed
Rwanda and His Excellency President Paul Kagame for the well organized and
secure tournament saying that it is the first time in the history of CHAN
to have a tournament that draws such a massive turnout and conducted in an
extremely secure manner.
“The tournament and all other side events went on well in a peaceful
environment, this is a proof that Rwanda is a very secure country,” Hayatou
said at the end of the tournament. The tournament was played on four host stadiums including Amahoro National Stadium and Kigali regional stadium both in Kigali City, Huye stadium in the Southern Province and Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu, Western Province.
This is the third continental sporting event successfully hosted by Rwanda after the 2009 African Youth Championships as well as the 2011 African U-17 Championship.