Welcome to the Live blog for the 2021 CHAN Tournament in Cameroon beginning from January 16 to February 7th 2021 as we bring you the latest news, fixtures, results and standings.
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Wednesday, January 20
Burkina Faso 3-1 Zimbabwe Goals from Sosso 14′, Tiendrebeogo 53′ and Ouédraogo 67′ seals three points for the Burkina babes. The win for Burkina Faso opens group A for three teams as Zimbabwe are closer to elimination.
Cameroon one step away from qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. The host country were in front courtesy of an impressive goals from Banga, who now makes it two goals in the tournament.
🚨 FULL-TIME! 🇨🇲 The entertainment ends after a 1️⃣-1️⃣ draw between the two nations 🇲🇱#TotalCHAN2020 | #CMRMLI pic.twitter.com/B5rPiG01aB — #TotalCHAN2020 (@CAF_Online) January 20, 2021
Mali also had a game plan coming into the game, the West Africans rallied back to snatch a point to keep hopes alive. Mali edged past Burkina Faso by a goal to nil during the first matchday. A draw or an outright victory against Zimbabwe would see them in the quarter finals. Today’s matches Cameroon 1-1 Mali
Tuesday, January 19
Latest News: Zambia Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic eyes Tanzania scalp. The manager believes his team’s performance will speak more on the field of play despite criticism (Goal.com). Zambia 2-0 Tanzania Guinea 3-0 Namibia
Monday, January 18
Monday’s CHAN Results Morocco 1-0 Togo – (17:00) Rwanda 0-0 Uganda – (20:00)
Let’s hope we bring this #CHAN2021 home guys My team @UgandaCranes ❤️ here we go again❤️💯💯🙏🙏 @newvisionwire @Beinomugisha_Iv pic.twitter.com/FepMaDjhwj — Gasangwa Thierry Gasana🇷🇼🇺🇬 (@GasangwaT) January 17, 2021
Ugandans prepares for tough clash with Rwandan as matchday one enters group C. The Ugandan cranes are gearing up for an important showdown which might go down history lane.
Sunday, January 17
Limited access to stadiums across Cameroon
Fans were allowed to access the stadiums as DR Congo defeated Congo in the second group B game of the tournament. About 25% percent of fans were allowed to enter the matchday venue according to Africanews.
DR Congo 1-0 Congo
The two-time CHAN winners started the competition on brighter note, beating their neighbours to take charge of group B. Ushindi Wa kubanza’s goal two minutes from kickoff was enough for the Democratic congolese to seal the winner.
Iconic. 😄🇨🇩#TotalCHAN2020 | #CODCGO pic.twitter.com/FmjwEILRiW — #TotalCHAN2020 (@CAF_Online) January 17, 2021
Libya 0-0 Niger Republic
It ends in a stalemate, the Libyans could not break a resilient defence put up by the West African nation. A nice afternoon in Cameroon, here we go! Today’s fixtures DR Congo vs Congo – 20:00 Libya vs Niger Republic – 17:00 News: Zambia can beat Tanzania in group D opener – ZESCO United midfielder Bruce Musakanya says Zambia can beat Tanzania in group D opener citing the team’s good preparation. According to the midfielder, winning the first game will boost Zambia’s confidence. Recall, Zambia surprises the rest of Africa in 2021 with AFCON trophy. More on Goal.com.
Today’s venue looking 😍 📍 Japoma Stadium, Douala#TotalCHAN2020 pic.twitter.com/YKkTY2DQNh — #TotalCHAN2020 (@CAF_Online) January 17, 2021
Saturday, January 16
Group A Standings after matchday 1 Cameroon 3 Mali 3 Burkina Faso 0 Zimbabwe 0 Martin Loïc Ako Assomo, Cameroon bags man of the match as host defeated Zimbabwe. The player had a 9/10 performance in front of his home fans. https://twitter.com/CAF_Online/status/1350748457955434498 The versatile player is another Cameroonian to watch out aa the tournament progresses further.
Mali edges Burkina Faso
Mali edges Burkina Faso in the second fixture of the competition after a tough battle between the two sides. Bagayoko’s lone goal was more than enough for Mali to claim the second spot in group A tied on the same point with Host Cameroon. Scoreline: Mali 1-0 Burkina Faso
Cameroon opens the tournament with an important win over Zimbabwe
Watch the video, Banga’s bicycle kick which led to the opening goal
The opening goal of #TotalCHAN2020 is today’s #1XBETGoalOfTheDay! ⚽ A great overhead kick from 🇨🇲 Cameroon’s Banga 💫 pic.twitter.com/c25w4kOp2p — #TotalCHAN2020 (@CAF_Online) January 16, 2021
Cameroon started the tournament on a brighter note after beating Southern Africans Zimbabwe by a lone goal Banga in the 72nd minute of the game.
🎥: 🇨🇲 🆚 🇿🇼 Here are the highlights of the remarkable game between Cameroon and Zimbabwe 🦁🔥#TotalCHAN2020 | #CMRZIM pic.twitter.com/FGintBmJ0f — #TotalCHAN2020 (@CAF_Online) January 16, 2021
The host started poorly but found a way to clinch the win over the Southern Africans.
Great show in front of 10,000 People at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium 🏟 viewed by more than 1Billion persons across the globe 🌎 🌍 #Ihims to the world! #chan2021 pic.twitter.com/XsglFVVkKh — Name cannot be Blank (@Adesolive) January 16, 2021
CHAN 2021 Cameroon tournament overview
The Groups Group A: Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe. Group B: Libya, DR Congo, Congo, Niger Republic. Group C: Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo. Group D: Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, Tanzania. Teams to watch out
The host nation started on a bright note by defeating Zimbabwe courtesy an overhead kick from Banga in 72nd minute despite a jittery start. In front of a reduced crowd, the Cameroonians made the home advantage count as they could manage a win to stay afloat at the top of the group.
The Libyans won the 2014 edition at the expense of West Africans Ghana via penalties. Libyan was a big surprise during the tournament. At least, the national team is also made up of players playing within the Libyan national league even though they had a cancellation of the competition at some point.
The Congolese remain the biggest team in the with two titles won between 2009 and 2016. They are the only side to have won the competition twice. DR Congo’s Super League is considered among the top five African leagues in the past few years owing to the level of performance of their teams including AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe in CAF competitions.
Morocco is the defending Champions of the competition have won the last edition in 2018 after beating Nigeria by 4-0 margin. Morocco also has a stronger percentage of home-based players in their national team, giving them an edge in the continental Championship.
Winning the 2012 African Cup of Nations with the majority of players from the home scene brought the Zambians to the limelight. Zambia has a high number of players in the national team within the county’s first division. Clubs like NAPSA Stars, ZESCO United, Nkana FC, and Zanaco PF.
About CHAN Tournament
CHAN or simply Championship for African Nations was created by the Confederation of African Football CAF as means to help players within a particular country have more roles to play at the national team level since it obvious countries prefer foreign-based players. As a result, the Championship was created. The 2021 edition in Cameroon was supposed to kick off in 2020 but was postponed indefinitely due to effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic across the world. The tournament began January 16 and ends February 7th 2022 with 16 teams from the six African zones. The tournament will also act as points ranking for CAF and FIFA.
Players eligible to play the CHAN Tournament
Players within a particular national league. For example, A Ghanaian playing for Ashanti Gold is eligible while a Ghanaian who plays for Enugu Rangers in Nigeria is not eligible for the competition.