CHAN 2016: Saturday Scores, Results, Updated Group Standings and Schedule

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CHAN 2016: Saturday Scores, Results, Updated Group Standings and Schedule
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Hosts Rwanda got off to a winning start to begin the 2016 edition of the African Nations Championship. On a day when Group A's teams were in action, Rwanda saw off the Ivory Coast, while Gabon and Morocco fought to a stalemate.

Here are the final scores from the opening day's games:

CHAN 2016 Results: Group A Scores
Group Team Score Team
A Rwanda 1-0 Ivory Coast
A Gabon 0-0 Morocco

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Here's what those results mean for the group standings:

CHAN 2016 Standings: Group A
Position Nation Played Won Drawn Lost Goal Difference Points
1 Rwanda 1 1 0 0 1 3
2 Gabon 1 0 1 0 0 1
3 Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 1
4 Ivory Coast 1 0 0 1 -1 0

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For the full group standings, click here.

Here's the rest of the schedule for the group stage:

CHAN 2016: Full Schedule for the Group Stage
Date Time (GMT / ET) Group Match
Jan. 17 1 pm / 8 am B Congo vs. Ethiopia
Jan. 17 4 pm / 11 am B Angola vs. Cameroon
Jan. 18 1 pm / 8 am C Tunisia vs. Guinea
Jan. 18 4 pm / 11 am C Nigeria vs. Niger
Jan. 19 1 pm / 8 am D Zimbabwe vs. Zambia
Jan. 19 4 pm / 11 am D Mali vs. Uganda
Jan. 20 1 pm / 8 am A Rwanda vs. Gabon
Jan. 20 4 pm / 11 am A Morocco vs. Ivory Coast
Jan. 21 1 pm / 8 am B Congo vs. Angola
Jan. 21 4 pm / 11 am B Cameroon vs. Ethiopia
Jan. 22 1 pm / 8 am C Tunisia vs. Nigeria
Jan. 22 4 pm / 11 am C Niger vs. Guinea
Jan. 23 1 pm / 8 am D Zimbabwe vs. Mali
Jan. 23 4 pm / 11 am D Uganda vs. Zambia
Jan. 24 1 pm / 8 am A Morocco vs. Rwanda
Jan. 24 4 pm / 11 am A Ivory Coast vs. Gabon
Jan. 25 1 pm / 8 am B Ethiopia vs. Angola
Jan. 25 4 pm / 11 am B Cameroon vs. Congo
Jan. 26 1 pm / 8 am C Guinea vs. Nigeria
Jan. 26 4 pm / 11am C Niger vs. Tunisia
Jan. 27 1 pm / 8 am D Zambia vs. Mali
Jan. 27 4 pm / 11 am D Uganda vs. Zimbabwe

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Recap

Rwanda's win was a tribute to the hosts' preparation for the tournament. It took a brilliantly struck free-kick from defender Emery Bayisenge to see off the Ivory Coast at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

The Amavubi were always in control in the capital. Despite the narrow win, the scoreline didn't reflect their comfort on the ball and the chances manager Johnny McKinstry's men created.

A win is a fitting way to start for the nation that has earned praise for its efforts putting on the tournament, according to Juliet Bawuah of AfricanNews.com.

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As for the Ivory Coast, the failure to score was particularly disappointing, with dangerous attackers Koffi Bouah and Atcho Hemann Junior Djobo on the pitch. The Elephants came closest to scoring when Franck Guiza Djedje crashed an effort off the bar.

This team certainly has the talent to do better.

Gabon's draw with Morocco was a fairly bland affair. The Panthers failed to make a dent in the Moroccan defence and were frustrated throughout the game.

Looking ahead, Nigeria's first game should draw plenty of interest. Goal's Victor Tinto has dubbed the Super Eagles as one of the tournament favourites, identifying creative midfielder Bartholomew Ibenegbu and striker Ezekiel Bassey as potentially vital players.

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Gifted attacker Bassey has been identified as a danger man for the Super Eagles.

Elsewhere in Group C, Tunisia are another fancied team to watch. The Eagles of Carthage have a rock-solid defence and ample firepower up front. Goal's Taiwo Taiwo believes Hosni Ahmed and free-scoring midfielder Bguir Saad "will be a major threat for the Nigerian defence when both teams meet on January 22."

For the moment, though, it's Rwanda who have set the early pace at this tournament.   

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