VICTORIA-LIMBE, 27 January 2021 – Guinea and Zambia became the last two countries to qualify Wednesday for the quarter finals of the 2020 African National Championship.
Guinea finished top of Group D with five points from one win and two draws, separated only by goal difference from runners-up Zambia who earned five points from two draws and a win.
The last two group matches on Wednesday ended in ties.
Guinea shared points with Tanzania after their two-two draw on the Reunification Stadium in Douala, economic capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
Guinea’s Barry put his team on the scoreboard with only four minutes played.
Tanzania drew level at the 23rd minute with a goal from Majogoro.
In the second half, Tanzania shot ahead after a 69th minute goal from Manyama only to be forced to share points when Kantabadouno stroke with only eight minutes left to play.
In the other game of Group D, played under strict security at the Centenary Stadium in Victoria-Limbe, in English-speaking Southern Cameroons, Zambia and Namibia shared points after a goalless drawl.
Namibia and Tanzania onWednesday rounded up the list of the eight countries eliminated from the tournament.
The six other countries eliminated are Togo, Uganda, Libya, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Zimabwe.
The first pair of quarter final matches are scheduled for Saturday, January 30th.
In the first of the two, Mali will take on Congo at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, capital of Frenchs-peaking Cameroon.
DR Congo will play against hosts, Cameroon, at the Japoma Staidum in Douala, economic capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
The second pair of quarter final games will be played next Sunday.
Guinea will face Rwanda at the Centenary Stadium in Victoria-Limbe, on the Atlantic coast of Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia.
Also next Sunday, defending champions, Morocco, will take on Zambia at the Reunification Stadium in Douala.
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.