DOUALA, 6 February 2021 – Guinea beat hosts, Cameroon, two goals to zero, to win the third-place playoff of the 2020 African Nations Championships (CHAN2020).
Star Guinean striker, Morlaye Sylla, found the back of the Cameroonian net with only nine minutes on the clock.
It was Sylla’s third goal of the tournament and great consolation for Sylla, who lost the final penalty of the Elephants of Guinea in the semi-finals to give Mali the ticket to the final on Sunday against defending champions, Morocco.
Mamadou Bangoura socred his first goal of the tournament to make it two-zero in favor of Guinea with the two teams the first minute of stoppage time of the first half.
Cameroonian sweeper, Etame, tried to play referee, hesitating to defend as Bangoura chased down the ball while the Cameroonian skipper raised his hand for an off-side that did not exist.
Cameroonian fans booed the team off the pitch at the half-time and cheered for Guinea during the rest of the game.
Two goals down and constantly booed by fans, the indomitable Lions, dominated much of the second half but all efforts to score met with the excellent work of Guinea’s keeper, Moussa Camara.
The match was played on the Reunification Stadium in Douala, economic capital of French-speaking Cameroon.
Defending champions, Morocco, face Mali on Sunday in the final on the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, capital of French Cameroun.
The kickoff of the CHAN2020 tournament was given last January 6 and has been played on three stadia in French Cameroun and one in the English-speaking Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia.
The tournament was delayed after Ethiopia (the initial hosts) dropped out and Cameroon stepped in to take over.
Unlike the Africa Cup of Nations, only players in domestic football leagues can participate in the tournament which was last won by Morocco in 2018.