The Confederation of African Football is pleased to announce that the matches played within the finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) will now be considered in the FIFA Rankings.
The decision taken by the International Federation of Football Association was imposed with an immediate effect.
The FIFA Rankings for the month of January shall be published on Thursday, January 16th 2014; and will take in to account matches played until the 12th of January 2014 within the framework of the 3rd edition of the Orange African Nations Championship - South Africa 2014.
Moreover, the February Ranking shall incorporate all other matches of the Competition, which is held from January 11th to the 1st of February 2014.
The FIFA's decision was highly acclaimed by the CAF President Issa Hayatou.
"This marks an important step taken towards the development of this Competition and of football on the local level within the Continent. It shall further encourage the youth of our Continent, for whom the CHAN had been created to serve as an additional platform that brings to the attention of the world all the talents of which Africa is loaded", he stressed in Mangaung (Bloemfontein), where he had been attending the matches of the first day of Group C, this Monday, January 13th 2014.
"When we had decided to create this competition, there was a lot of pessimism about the success of our initiative. We started with eight teams in the first edition and we went directly to sixteen in the second. The FIFA's decision gives us confidence to pursue our bold innovations for the sake of developing football in our Continent. I remain convinced that the African Championship shall grow much faster than expected", the CAF President concluded by stating, while surrounded by the members of the Executive Committee of the governing body of the African football.