YAOUNDE, 17 January 2021 – DR Congo beat Libya, one-nil, on Sunday to jump to the top of Group B of the 2020 African Nations Championship also known as Total African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020).
Niger and Congo-Brazzaville played a goalless draw in the second game of Group B in the only other match of Day Two of the competition.
Kubanza scored DR Congo’s lone goal two minutes into the second half of their match on the Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital.
The first two games of Group C will be played Monday on the refurbished Reunification Stadium in Douala as well.
Defending champions, Morocco, will take on Togo in the first game while Rwanda and Uganda will lock horns in the second game of the group.
Action does not get underway in Group D until Tuesday when Zambia takes on Tanzania and Guinea plays against Namibia.
Both Cameroon and Mali beat their respective opponents Zimbabwe and Mali during the opening day of the tournament, Saturday, to jointly lead Group A based in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.
Cameroon won hosting rights on 13 April 2019 after Ethiopia withdrew leading to the delay in the tournament which 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 hosted by three cities – Yaounde and Douala (in French-speaking Cameroon) and Victoria-Limbe (in English-speakigng Southern Camerons aka Ambazonia).
Pro-independence campaigners warned Sunday that the regime of President Paul Biya of Cameroon is planning to stage terrorist-style attacks targeting Group D teams or their fans based in Victoria-Limbe.
The regime of Mr. Biya has been itching to convince the internatonal community to tag the pro-independence campaign terrorist.
Last Sunday, Cameroonian soldiers massacred nine civilians in Mautu village, not too far from Victoia-Limbe, and blamed the massacre on Ambazonian Restoraiion Forces.