DOUALA, 22 January 2021 – Underdogs Togo stun favorites Uganda, two-one, and defending champions, Morocco struggled to pull off a nil-nil draw with Rwanda in the two games of Group C of the 2020 African Nations Championship.
Mbowa scored an own-goal three minutes into the second half to give Togo’s Hawks the lead.
Uganda’s Kyeyune equalized a mere three minutes later (at the 51st).
Togo did not let off and at the 57th minute, the pressure paid off when striker, Nane, put the ball beyond the reach of the Ugandan keeper for Togo’s winning goal.
Despite what the Moroccans called a disappointing draw, the Atlas Lions of Morocco retain leadership of Group C with four points.
The Hawks of Togo are in second place with one point less than leaders Morocco.
Rwanda are in third position with two points while Uganda bring up the rear with one point.
Friday’s matches of the tournament, which is also known as Total African Championship (CHAN2020), were played on the Reunification Stadium in Douala, capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
Action moves Saturday to Group D based in Victoria-Limbe situated in English-speaking Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia.
A boycott of the games is in force in Victoria-Limbe, where a ghost town campaign will double with a lockdown of the town called for Saturday by campaigners for the restoration of the independence of Southern Cameroons.
The first day of action in Victoria-Limbe was overshadowed by the issues of security – with some players transported, as in some war zones, in armored cars to the stadium, and the utility company plunging the stadium in near pitch darkness that it leaves citizens on a near daily basis.
The first match Saturday will oppose group leaders Guinea and Zambia.
The two teams are tied for the top position on the league table with three points each.
Namibia will play Tanzania in the second match of the group.
Both Tanzania and Namibia lost their opening matches of the tournament and will need at least a draw to keep their hopes of going past the knockout stage of the tournament alive.
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.