- Meschak scored a brace to help DR Congo to CHAN glory
- Jonathan Bolingi was also on the score sheet
- Kenya will host the next edition of the competition in 2018
The Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo have won the 2016 edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.
The Central African team humiliated Mali 3 – 0 in the final at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali to emerge champions for a second time.
Elia Meschak put his team ahead in the 29th minute with a sensational strike from outside the area.
Meschak became a menace for the Malian defence and was consequently rewarded with a second goal in the 62nd minute.
The DRC took the game beyond the Eagles of Mali in the 73rd minute when Jonathan Bolingi made it three to ensure the DRC became the first country to win the competition two times, after winning the maiden edition in 2009.
In the third place match which was played earlier, Cote d’Ivoire beat Guinea 2 – 1, to claim bronze.
It would be recalled that the Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out in the preliminary stages of the competition after a 1 – 0 defeat to the Syli Nationale of Guinea in the last round of matches in Group C.
Sankhon’s goal on the stroke of half-time gave Guinea all maximum points and sent the Super Eagles packing from the competition.
Kenya will host the next edition in 2018 having won the hosting rights in 2014; however, there are reports that Ethiopia has been placed on standby to host the 2018 edition.