DOUALA, 23 January 2021 – Namibia lost one goal to zero Saturday against Tanzania to become only the second team after Zimbabwe to be eliminated from the 2020 African National Championship.
Tanzania’s Mussa scored the only goal of the match at the 65th minute of play.
It was the second of two matches in Group D of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN2020).
Namibia (from Group D) join Zimbabwe (from Group A) are the only two teams to have lost both of their matches so far in the tournament. .
They will both play their final matches of the group stage of the tournament with no possibility of qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament.
In the first match of Group D on Saturday, Guinea drew, one-one, with co-leader of the group, Zambia.
Guinea retain the top position on the league table for Group D, with four points.
They are separated only by goal difference from Zambia, ranked second, with the same number of points.
Striker Kantabadouno put Guinea on the scoreboard at the 58th minute, and he and his team mates are beginning to think of celebrating when, with only three minutes left on the clock, Zambia’s Sautu scored to force the two sides to share points.
The games were played under tight security at the Centenary Stadium in Victoria-Limbe in English-speaking Southern Cameroons, where a boycott of CHAN2020 called by pro-independence campaigners remains in force.
Action in the tournament moves Sunday to Group A, based in Yaounde, capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
Hosts, Cameroon, (4 points) will take on third-placed Burkina Faso (3 points), with the Burkinbe team condemned to win or go home.
The second game of Group A on Sunday will be between the second-ranked Mali (with 4 points) against the already eliminated Zimbabwe, ranked last with zero points so far.
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.