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In pictures: CHAN 2016 opening ceremony

By Norman Katende

Added 16th January 2016 07:47 PM

A lively opening ceremony ushers in the CHAN 2016 tournament.

In pictures: CHAN 2016 opening ceremony

Performers in a delightful opening ceremony in Kigali on Saturday. (Photo by Norman Katende)

A lively opening ceremony ushers in the CHAN 2016 tournament.

It was a bright start for hosts Rwanda with a 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast in the opening game of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN), thanks to a 15th minute strike by defender Emery Bayisenge.

Uganda is among the 16 teams taking part in the 4th edition of the biennial international football championship running between January 16 and February 7.

Meanwhile earlier on Saturday, there was an entertaining opening ceremony and New Vision reporter Norman Katende captured the delightful moments . . .




Performers got acrobatic in front of a huge crowd at the Amahoro Stadium




It was performances of powerful body language as well on a hot afternoon





The tournament is running from January 16 to February 7




Also, don't forget that a total of 16 nations are taking part . . .





Uganda is in Group D with Zimbabwe, Mali and Zambia





 The Uganda Cranes' first game will be against Mali on Tuesday (January 19)





The hosts will have been delighted to start off on a winning note against Ivory Coast in the opener











These fans surely enjoyed every bit of Saturday . . . the opening ceremony, as well as a dollop of some sweet home victory





Beautiful. Lovely. Deep. You can go on and on . . .





She performed so gracefully you would believe she felt the vibe flow in every part of her body.









Rwandan President Paul Kagame (3rd from left) and CAF president and acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou attended the opening ceremony, alongside other officials




The home team would then go on to edge out Ivory Coast 1-0 under sweltering temperatures



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