Robert Kidiaba speaks on why AFCON is better than CHAN

Robert Kidiaba speaks on why AFCON is better than CHAN
Robert Muteba Kidiaba of DR Congo

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Feb 07, 2018. 10:00

Former TP Mazembe and Democratic Republic of Congo goalkeeper, Robert Kidiaba says the African Nations Championship remains his best tournament.

The keeper, famously known for his dance ‘kidi-bouake’, said he lifted his first international trophy during the CHAN 2009 edition in Cote d’Ivoire.

After hanging up his gloves in 2016, the Ravens keeper trainer was appointed by CAF as the tournament’s ambassador in Morocco.

“CHAN remains a lucky charm for me. This was my first trophy. It was in 2009,” he told CAFOnline.

“I earned myself a nickname during this tournament due to my famous dance “kidi-bouake" because we started the tournament in Bouaké and then won the trophy in Abidjan.

“It's my first international title. Right after I won the CAF Champions Leagues, the CAF Super Cup and other titles. I have good memories of this tournament.”

However, he added that the tournament is less popular than the African Cup of Nations beause it is not publicised.

“Back home in DR Congo, CHAN is less considered and less publicised during the opening rounds,” adds the keeper.

“But once we are in the semi-finals or the final, we are given importance. People give more importance to the AFCON because of the presence of the players outside the continent.”

This year’s CHAN tournament was lifted by the hosts, when Atlas Lions defeated Nigeria 4-0 on Sunday in Casablanca.

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