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

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

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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
GroupTeamScoreTeam
ARwanda1-0Ivory Coast
AGabon0-0Morocco
CAFOnline.com

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

CHAN 2016 Standings: Group A
PositionNationPlayedWonDrawnLostGoal DifferencePoints
1Rwanda110013
2Gabon101001
3Morocco101001
4Ivory Coast1001-10
CAFonline.com

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
DateTime (GMT / ET)GroupMatch
Jan. 171 pm / 8 amBCongo vs. Ethiopia
Jan. 174 pm / 11 amBAngola vs. Cameroon
Jan. 181 pm / 8 amCTunisia vs. Guinea
Jan. 184 pm / 11 amCNigeria vs. Niger
Jan. 191 pm / 8 amDZimbabwe vs. Zambia
Jan. 194 pm / 11 amDMali vs. Uganda
Jan. 201 pm / 8 amARwanda vs. Gabon
Jan. 204 pm / 11 amAMorocco vs. Ivory Coast
Jan. 211 pm / 8 amBCongo vs. Angola
Jan. 214 pm / 11 amBCameroon vs. Ethiopia
Jan. 221 pm / 8 amCTunisia vs. Nigeria
Jan. 224 pm / 11 amCNiger vs. Guinea
Jan. 231 pm / 8 amDZimbabwe vs. Mali
Jan. 234 pm / 11 amDUganda vs. Zambia
Jan. 241 pm / 8 amAMorocco vs. Rwanda
Jan. 244 pm / 11 amAIvory Coast vs. Gabon
Jan. 251 pm / 8 amBEthiopia vs. Angola
Jan. 254 pm / 11 amBCameroon vs. Congo
Jan. 261 pm / 8 amCGuinea vs. Nigeria
Jan. 264 pm / 11amCNiger vs. Tunisia
Jan. 271 pm / 8 amDZambia vs. Mali
Jan. 274 pm / 11 amDUganda vs. Zimbabwe
CAFonline.com

 

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.

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.

Gifted attacker Bassey has been identified as a danger man for the Super Eagles.
Gifted attacker Bassey has been identified as a danger man for the Super Eagles.PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/Getty Images

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.