REVIVING THE VUVUZELA
International soccer spirit returned to Cape Town for the first time since the 2010 FIFA™ World Cup, with CT serving as official host city for the third African Nations Championship (CHAN) from 11 January to 14 February 2014.
The tournament was spread across Cape Town, Mangaung and Polokwane, with the Mother City hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and all Group A & B matches, in addition to serving as tournament headquarters and Bafana Bafana’s home base.
“It has been a great honour to serve as host city for Orange CHAN 2014 – a spectacular and successful tournament, the legacy of which will reach far into the future,” said the city’s then Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Grant Pascoe.
Cape Town Stadium hosted a dazzling opening ceremony featuring colourful mass formations and over 200 singers, dancers, musicians & speciality acts, including Jimmy Dludlu, The Soil, Zolani Mkhiva, Jessica Mpangeni & Mi Casa.
Thereafter, for just over a month, 16 national sides (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, The DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and South Africa) competed for the coveted Orange CHAN trophy.
Finally, the action returned to CT Stadium for the final clash and closing ceremony, which wowed crowds with more stunning routines and performances from acclaimed local artists including Mafikizolo, Professor, Uhuru, Busiswa, DJ Zinhle, DJ Reddy D and Chad Saaiman.
Orange CHAN 2014 featured three cities, 32 games, 16 teams, 73 goals, 227 258 spectators, 1 117 volunteers, 1 138 security and disaster management personnel, and a staggering 3.2 million US$ in prize money but, ultimately, it came down to one winner, Libya’s Mediterranean Knights.
CSA was the PR and communications agency of record for Orange CHAN 2014 and handled all promotion and communication elements, with the exception of media accreditation, for the championship.