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Cameroon, host country, and Mali qualified on Saturday for the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), eliminating respectively Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, at the end of the suspense.
At the end of the suspense, Mali and Cameroon qualified on Saturday January 30 for the semi-finals of CHAN-2020 *, eliminating respectively Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which nevertheless created the surprise at the start. Match.
The Eagles of Mali did not glide over the first quarter-final concluded with a 0-0 against Congo after two hours of play, extra time included. It was therefore necessary to arrive at the penalties and the Malians were more skillful, thus winning the right to meet Guinea or Rwanda on Wednesday in the semi-finals of CHAN-2020.
The second quarter, in Douala, took place in a very well filled stadium despite the gauge set at 25% of the 50,000 usual places due to coronavirus. And it was the DRC that created the surprise by opening the scoring by Makabi Lilepo (21st).
The Cameroonians equalized and even took the advantage before the break thanks to Yannick N’Djeng (29th) and Félix Oukiné (41st). These two goals were enough to ensure the qualification of the Indomitable Lions for the semi-final next Wednesday in Limbé against Morocco or Zambia.
* The African Football Confederation has decided that the competition will continue to be called TOTAL African Nations Championship Cameroon 2020, despite the tournament being postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19.