• Guinea and Zambia completed the quarter-final pairings of the 2020 CHAN despite being held to separate draws by Tanzania and Namibia respectively in their final group D game on Wednesday.
By Beng Emmanuel
Guinea and Zambia have advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2020 African Nations Championship despite being held to a 2-2 and 0-0 stalemate by Tanzania and already eliminated Namibia respectively on Wednesday.
They both join host Cameroon, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Republic, holders Morocco and Rwanda in the last eight of the continental tournament reserved exclusively for home based players.
Guinea survived a scare to avoid their first defeat in the competition. Victor Kantabadouno scored a late goal at the 82nd minute to deny Tanzania the opportunity to sail through although the Taifas came from behind to lead after break.
Yahhouba Gnagna gave Guinea the lead after only 4minutes in the tie but Baraka Majogoro equalised to give hope of a possible qualification which was never attained at full time.
Farid Mussa helped Edward Manyana increase tally for Tanzania but they failed to preserve their lead after conceding from a late goal from Guinea’s forward Kantabadouno which caused their elimination.
Guinea-who were fourth during the 2016 edition in Rwanda finished top of their group with five points after a win and two draws. They beat Namibia 3-0 in their first outing and draw twice against Zambia before Tanzania.
Group D runners-up Zambia were held to a goalless draw with Namibia-who had already crashed out of the 2020 CHAN after two defeats in a row in their first two games.
Zambia have reached the quarter-finals of the CHAN for the third consecutive time after similar exploits in 2016 and 2018 although they haven’t gone pass that stage in three attempts. Their best ever finish was in 2009 during the inaugural edition in Ivory Coast where they finished third.
Teams qualified for the last eight of the competition will have two days of rest before resuming the competition this weekend.
The quarter-final matches are slated to begin this Saturday.
Mali will face the Congo Republic in the first game at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium while two time champions the Democratic Republic of Congo challenge host nation Cameroon at the Japoma Stadium in Douala for a spot in the semi-final.
On Sunday, Morocco entertain Zambia at the Reunification Stadium in Douala, while Guinea face Rwanda in the last quarterfinal clash at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium.
Namibia 0-0 Zambia
Tanzania 2-2 Guinea
Final group D standings
Complete Quarterfinal Pairings and venues
30/01/21: Mali vs Congo Republic (5:00PM)
Venue: Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium-Yaounde
30/01/21: DR Congo vs Cameroon (8:00PM)
Venue: Japoma Stadium-Douala
31/01/21: Morocco vs Zambia (5:00PM)
Venue : Bepanda Omnisport Stadium-Douala
31/01/21: Guinea vs Rwanda (8:00PM)
Venue :Ngeme Omnisport Stadium-Limbe