Something special is brewing in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

Amazingly, it is not the known people’s favorite drinks Amstel, Primus, Guinness or Skol.

Rather, they are finals for the 4th edition of the African Nations football Championship (CHAN) that will be held on Sunday at the Amahoro national stadium in Remera, Kigali.

Fans’ darling Democratic Republic of Congo shall be taking on the surprise package team, Mali.

The whole of Rwanda has been warmly engulfed in a warm euphoric atmosphere for the past three or so weeks because of the magnetic nature of football.

Sixteen participating nations with a hundred of thousand followers all over the world, the tournament has indeed lived to its billing.

Before the talk of the finals, one will be eager to reflect back how the teams struggled for the fittest with tactical and technical work plans, team work and the real energies involved.

 First no team that qualified for the event in Rwanda can never be dispersed.

The effort to mark the grade itself was self-explanatory, there was a struggle.

At the championship itself, the teams diligently battled one another to make it from the group stages through to the first hurdle of the knock-out stages (quarter-finals).

That’s the vivid transitional process of graduating from a boy to a real gentleman.

The two teams in the finals (DR Congo and Mali) deservingly take the due credit with exceptional team work play and individual brilliance.

The fans too, have been amazing with well composed lyrics, sounding instruments of all types, singing and dancing with passion.

To the countries vying for the third place play off (Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire), there is pride at stake on top of the prize money attached.

The struggle will surely continue for the other 12 countries eliminated earlier in the tourney.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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