DOUALA, 26 January 2021 – Defending champions, Morocco, and Rwanda qualified Tuesday for the quarter finals of the 2020 African National Championship as Uganda and Togo got eliminated.
It is Uganda that got off to a roaring start in the match against Morocco.
Uganda striker Orit scored at the 25th minute and Morocco’s efforts to tie the game were futile until the match went into injury time just before the whistle was sounded for the end of the first half.
The second half was entirely Moroccan as their striker, Rahimi, scored twice – at the 51st and 80th minutes – with his teammate, El Moussaoui, adding to the tally at the 71st minute.
Togo’s Kyeyune pulled one back for Uganda at the 84th minute during the match played on the Reunification Stadium in Douala, economic capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
That second goal for Uganda proved too little, too late, especially after Ugandan defender, Lukwago, scored against his own side in injury time.
In the second and only other match of Group C, Rwanda, too, had to come from behind to win against Togo.
Their match was played under tight security at the Centenary Stadium in Victoria-Limbe, situated on the Atlantic coast of English-speaking Southern Cameroons.
Nane scored first, at the 38th minute if play, to give the Hawks of Togo the lead.
However, the Togolese lost concentration just before the referee’s whistle for the end of the half-time sounded.
Rwanda’s Nyonzima took full advantage to equalize in injury time at the end of the first half.
Togo took the lead again at the 58th minute with a goal from Akoro, but once more, had hardly had the time to celebrate that goal before Rwanda was back on the scoreboard with a 60 minute goal from Tuyisenge.
Six minutes later, Suriga scored the match winner for Rwanda at the 66th minute.
Morocco finished top of Group C with seven points, from two wins and one draw, with Rwanda ranked second with four points, from Tuesday’s win and two goalless draws.
Togo and Uganda have become the latest teams to be eliminated from the tournament.
They joi Libya and Niger, eliminated Monday.
The other teams already eliminated are Burkina Faso, Namibia and Zimabwe.
Action in the tournament moves Wednesday to Group D, where the two teams at the top of the league table – Guinea and Zambia with four points each – need only a draw to qualify.
Tanzania, with three points, will face top of the league, Guinea, on the Reunification stadium in Douala.
Nambia with zero points so far and effectively eliminated, will take on Zambia on the Centenary Stadium in Victoria-Limbe.
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.