By Tosin Omojola
South Africa would be aiming to break the jinx surrounding host countries and victory in the Orange Africa Nations Championship.The tourney organised every two year is designed for national teams in various countries on the continent with only home-based players eligible to participate.
The maiden edition was held in Sudan in 2011 but the winner then was Tunisia who defeated Angola 3-0 in the final. Host Sudan managed a third place finish.Two years ago when Cote d’Ivoire played host to the championship, it was a worst performance from the host team, the Elephants, as they could not make it out of the group stage, coming last in Group A.
DR Congo went ahead to lift the cup, having defeated Ghana 2-0 in the grand finale. From records, the possibility of the South Africans breaking the jinx looks slim as they are not known to be a victorious host. South Africa could rank among the best when it comes to hosting competitions of any standard.
The 2010 World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, Africa Youth Championship as well as Africa Women Championship are among the competitions they have hosted but failed to win. Apart from the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, which they hosted and won, they are yet to win any major soccer tournament as host.
The million-dollar question is- will they be able to change the story this time round by beating visiting teams to the CHAN trophy? Time will tell.