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A tournament too far?

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A new soccer tournament is being played out in Ivory Coast this week to indifference from most of the continent. The African Nations Championship is proving to be the damp squib it always looked in danger of becoming.

The CHAN, keeping up the rich tradition of abbreviations for African sporting events, is a tournament designed to give more international competition to players based on the continent.

Quasi-national teams, but only made up of players from domestic leagues, are competing in Abidjan and Bouake over the next fortnight – eight countries having come through a brief qualifying phase.

Although the public will come to watch countries like the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, the supposed national teams are in effect not much more than the best domestic league selections.

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