Chan organisers hold flag ceremony


South Africa will stage the tournament, which is reserved for local-based players, from January 11 to February 1 next year, with matches scheduled to take place at Cape Town Stadium, Athlone Stadium, Free State Stadium and Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Bafana Bafana will contest the showpiece with Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

"On behalf of the entire board, management and staff, we take this opportunity to welcome and congratulate all the teams that have made it into the final 16," said Nonkonyana.

"As we stand here with complete admiration and pride, we wish to extend a warm African welcome to all the countries that we look up to being hoisted high up in the skies and wish them the best of luck in this football tournament that we strongly believe will celebrate Africa."

LOC chief operations officer Andrew Dipela added: "We are less than a 100 days to one of the most anticipated events for the year 2014, on the football calendar in Africa.

"We have raised the flags of the 16 participating countries and it is now up to us, the government and the people of South Africa to once again show the world that this country is the prime destination for hosting events of this magnitude.

"Chan 2014 will be counted as one of the best football tournaments ever to be hosted in Africa, and we trust that the 16 participating countries will provide our packed stadiums with a distinct flair of African football."