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CHAN 2020: Semifinals In Retrospect.

The final four of the ongoing African nations championship (CHAN) has now been reduced to a two horse race as Mali will clash with Morocco in the final of the six edition of the Total African nations championship. 

In the first semifinal match at the Japoma Stadium saw Mali progress to the final after beating Guinea 5-4 during post match penalties.

Both teams had chances of their own, but could not get the get the winner after 120 minutes of football.

At penalty shootouts,  Guinea’s Morlaye Sylla missed his decisive spot kick after his previous four teammates had made use of their kicks,  to give Mamadou Barry the go ahead to beat Sekouba Camara to seal a 5-4 penalty shootouts in favor of the Eagles.

In the second game, Host Cameroon were humiliated by defending champions,  Morocco as they let in four without an answer.

First half goals from Soufiani Bouftius and Soufiane Rahimi put the champions 2-0 up at half time.

Going into the second half, the lions had some ambitions in the early stages of the Second half,  but the Moroccans kept their game plan in tact as a the lions were left to lick their wounds,  when Ngombe Etame authored a sloppy pass with the aim to find Banga Bienvenue but became a Christmas gift for Soufiane Rahimi who scored the third for Morocco.

At the 83 rd minute,  things moved from bad to worse as Ali Bemammer sealed the 4-0 for the atlas lions as the intermediate Lions moved down the tunnel with their tails between their legs.

Intermediate Lions in frustration, almost transforming in a wrestling match. 

The semis saw a total of 4 goals scored with defending champions scoring all four goals of the stage. A total of 9 yellow cards were dished out by the referees with Morocco and Mali having three each, while Cameroon has the lowest with 1 and Guinea with 2.

This is the second final for both Morocco and Mali. Morocco will be appearing in their second successive final after winning the previous edition on home soil and could become the first team to retain the title if they win on Sunday.

Mali on their part, will also be appearing in their second final after finishing runner up to DR Congo in 2016.

Cameroon will play against Guinea in the third place classification match on Saturday February 6,  2021 at the Reunification Stadium.

Cameroon becomes the second host nation to appear in a third place classification match after Sudan in 2011.

The final will take place on Sunday February 7,  2021 at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde at 8pm local time.

 

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