African Nations Championship - The ongoing third edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa has set a new record of goals scored at the round-robin group stage of the tournament. According to African football's governing body, CAF, the 59 goals scored in the 24 matches at the group stage, which rounded off on Wednesday, have eclipsed the 45 goals scored in the same number of matches at the 2nd edition of the tournament in Sudan in 2011.
The 59 goals are also higher than the overall total of 55 goals scored at the 2nd edition, and represent an average of 2.45 goals scored in each first round match, higher than the average of 1.87 goals scored in each match in Sudan.
In the 1st edition of the tournament, hosted by Cote d'Ivoire in 2009, only 20 goals were scored in the 12 matches in the first round, but only eight nations featured in that tournament.
PANA reports that CAF increased the number of participating teams to 16 after the inaugural edition.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has emerged the team with the highest number of goals scored in the first round, with a total of eight goals, while Zimbabwe scored the least number of goals, one.
Also, Mozambique conceded the highest number of goals nine (9) while Zimbabwe has yet to concede any goal.
The highest scoring matches were Nigeria's 4-2 win over Mozambique and Gabon's 4-2 victory against Mauritania in their final group game.
The tournament has now reached the quarter-final stage, to be played on Saturday and Sunday:
Following are the quarter-final fixtures:
Saturday, 25 Jan.
Nigeria Vs Morocco
Mali Vs Zimbabwe
Sunday, 26 Jan.
Gabon Vs Libya
Ghana Vs DR Congo