YAOUNDE, 18 January 2021 – Defending champions, Morocco, beat Togo, one-nil, Monday in their first game of the 2020 African Nations Championship also known as Total African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020).
Morocco’s Jabrane scored from the penality spoit at the 27th minute of play in the first of two games in Group C of the tournament based at the Reunification Stadium in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital.
In the second game, Great Lakes neighbors, Uganda and Rwanda, shared points after a goalless draw.
Group D teams – Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia – play their first matches Tuesday.
Zambia will play against Tanzania in the opening game of Day Four of the tournament followed by Guinea versus Namibia.
Group D games are based in the Atlantic coastline city of Victoria-Limbe, in English-speaking Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia, where an independence war has been ongoing for three years now.
Pro-independence campaigners have called for a boycott of the games.
They have urged both the Cameroonian government and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to move the games to French-speaking Cameroon.
Last week, a spokesperson for one of the liberation movements told Voice of America radio that a three-week lockdown had been declared in all of Fako, the administrative division under which the city of Victori-Limbe falls.
Group A, B and C games are being played in Douala and Yaounde, in French-speaking Cameroon.
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.