DOUALA, 24 January 2021 – Mali and hosts, Cameroon, qualified Sunday for the knockout stages of the 2020 African National Champtionship also known as Total African Natons Championship (CHAN2020).
Mali held on to the slimmest of margins to beat Zimbabwe, one-nil, from an early goal, scored in the eleventh minute of play by striker Dallo, in their third and last match of Group A.
Zimbabwe were already eliminated after losing their first two group matches and were playing to save their honor.
By losing to Mali, Zimbabwe leave the tournament having scored only one goal and without earning a single point.
The match was played at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, economic capital of French-speaking Cameroon, starting at the same time as the other match of the group.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon needed only a draw to qualify in their third and last group against Burkina Faso played on the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
Cameroon earned their ticket to the knockout stages by holding down Burkina Faso to a zero-zero draw.
Burkina Faso became the third team Sunday to be eliminated from the tournament, joining Namibia and Zimabwe, and bowing out despite agging four points.
Mali finish leaders of Group A, with seven points from two wins and one draw.
Hosts, Cameroon, are in runners-up position, two points behind Mali, from one win and two draws.
The Burkinabe team were impressive, snatching a draw and producing one of the most sensational wins so far of the tourname, three-one win against Zimbabwe.
The third and final matches in Group B will be played Monday.
Congo-Brazzaville will tke on Libya at the Japoma Stadium in Douala beginning at the same time as the Niger versus DR Congo match, scheduled to start at the same time at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
With four points, DR Congo are ranked two points clear of runners-up Libya and Niger, each with two points, with Congo-Brazzaville bringing up the rear with one point.
Cameroon won hosting rights for CHAN2020 belatedly, on 13 April 2019, after Ethiopia withdrew.
The tournament was originally scheduled to hold from 4 to 25 April 2019.
Unlike the African Cup of Nations, CHAN2020 feautees only players affiliated to domestic teams in the 16 countries spilit up into the four groups.