It’s been an eventful 6th edition of the CHAN tournament so far. The African Nations Championship, which was initially scheduled for April 2020, had to be shifted to 2021.
And since the tournament began on the 16th of January, it’s been all shades of excitement in Cameroon.
Featuring 16 teams, the group stages didn’t feature so many goals. For context’s sake, Morocco and Guinea were the only two sides that scored an average of two goals per game in the group stages. Togo and DR Congo were the two other teams that followed, scoring four goals.
The festivities of the group stages are now over. It’s time for the knockout stages; the go-big-or-go-home season. With the final set to take place on the 7th of February, eight teams will fight it out for a spot in the final.
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Of all the eight teams that have made it thus far, only Congo lost in the group stages. Their 1-0 loss to DR Congo was followed by a draw against Niger and a win over Libya.
Up next for them is their clash against Mali. Theirs, the first quarter-final game, is against a side that finished top of Group A.
Mali, with two wins and a draw, scored only three goals, conceding just once. With two clean sheets and a draw against the host nation, they have earned their quarter-final spot.
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When DR Congo face Cameroon, it’ll be two unbeaten teams squaring off against each other. Dr Congo, having scored twice the amount of goals that Cameroon have managed in the tournament so far, head into this one as favorites, based on that.
But Cameroon’s sturdy defense have thrived on the home support, letting in just one goal. That, coincidentally, have let in one less than DR Congo have let in.
Morocco, one of the top scorers of the tournament, have the task of facing Zambia. Their advantage? They have scored twice the amount of goals the Zambians have managed. The defense of the Zambians, which has let in just one goal, will be tested.
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Morocco’s 2-5 win over Uganda is still the game with the most goals scored so far. Rwanda’s 2-3 win over Togo comes in second. And it’s one of the reasons why they will be featuring in the quarter-finals.
Although those three goals were the only ones they scored in the group stages, they finished second in Group C. They will now face Guinea from Group D, which also scored double the amount the Rwandans managed.
Eight teams have made the cut and eight will become four after this round of games. Which four teams will make it to the semi-finals? Drop your comments below and join the conversation.