YAOUNDE, 7 February 2021 – Morocco on Sunday beat Mali, two goals to zero, to win the second consecutive African Nations Championships (CHAN2020).
Both goals for the Atlas Lions of Morocco were headers and both came during the second half of a nail-biting final on the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, French-speaking Cameroon’s capital.
Morocco’s Soufian Bouftiny and Ayoub El Kaabi scored the goals.
Bouftiny scored at the 68th minute and while Kaabi mad assurance doubly source with his 79th minute, giving Morocco winners for the second consecutive edition of the tournament.
Soufiane Rahimi of Morocco was elected best player of the tournament which brought together teams from 16 African countries.
In the third-place playoff, Guinea beat hosts, Cameroon, two-zero.
The match was played on the refurbished 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 Total African National Championship (CHAN2020).
Cameroon hosted the sixth edition of the tournament whose fifth edition was last won by Morocco in 2018.