Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon
Welcome to the latest edition of our CHAN 2020 team power rankings, where we order the sides competing based on their three group-stage performances and results.
There’s plenty of movement up and down the order, with showings ranging in quality in the third round of fixtures.
Where does your nation-level out? Have a look inside.
Zimbabwe lost their third straight game at the tournament and finished at the bottom of Group A, but did get off the mark thanks to a consolatory Partson Jaure tap-in.
The defense looked poor yet again despite heavy rotation against Burkina Faso. The attack looked better in patches, but the midfield struggled without the calmness of Shadreck Nyahwa.
Uganda played their best match of the tournament against Togo on day two but still lost 1-2 to an outfit that was missing in the defensive area.
Uganda finished bottom of the pile in Group C despite playing some good football and securing an impressive draw with Rwanda in the opening match.
Namibia endured their worst performance the existence of the tournament, exiting at the group stage after accruing one measly point.
The entire tournament stank of “what could have been?” as strong performances against Tanzania and Zambia were not rewarded with satisfying results.
Libya will feel hard done by, being eliminated by a Congo Republic side who were not in a good performance, but Libya wasn’t good enough in two of the three games they played.
They failed to beat Niger despite having all the right tools to do so and then came up short against a deep-set Celeste side because their offensive setup was all wrong.
Niger’s must-win situation going into the final day meant they needed to come out of their shells and attack a little, even if that meant letting a team in behind their lines for the first time this tournament and conceding as a result.
DR Cong fell into the right circumstances and had the right personnel to take advantage of Niger’s desperation, but despite the loss, Niger goes home a proud outfit.
Togo failed to impress in their last group game against Rwanda as they were beating 2-3 in a game they had anticipated to get a win or a draw to make it through to the quarter-final after a successful and convincing victory against Uganda but failed to impress.
As a result of failing to beat Rwanda, they were excited at the group stage. A tough group eventually took its inevitable toll.
Tanzania finished with a flourish, but a 2-2 draw over Guinea wasn’t enough to displace Zambia and take them into the knockout stages.
Failing to qualify from Group D is nothing short of abysmal from Etienne Nadyiragije and his men
Burkina Faso had an easy ride over Zimbabwe on matchday two in Group A with a convincing 3-1 win that kept them in the tournament and had increased their chances of knockout stages. But they fluffed their lines in the final group-stage game.
It was a must-win in their last game against the Intermediate Lions who needed just a draw to make it to the knock-out stages. All effort to beat goalkeeper Haschou Kerrido proved abortive and they could only settle for a goalless draw a result not sufficient to take them to the knock out stages
Congo shimmied past Libya and into the knockout stages courtesy of solid performance, a robust defensive attitude and a classic Gautrand Ngouonimba finish
They’ll face Mali in the round of 8, which is a mammoth task, but the belief coursing through the Barthelemy Ngatsono squad is second to none.
Who says they can’t turn the tables and hit the semi-finals this time around?
Rwanda remains difficult to assess: With 5 points from one win and two draws, they were clearly the most efficient outfit in Group H, but it feels like they barely got going.
They face Guinea. in the last 8, and it’s not a nice matchup for them, given their difficulties in breaking down deep-set teams.
Cameroon finished their Group A fixture list with a goalless draw with Burkina Faso; they enter the knockout stages unbeaten and having conceded just one goal—from set pies.
They’re set to face DR Congo in the round of 8, and fans of the Lions will have to hope their high defensive line continues to hold out against sides using runners over the top and direct through-balls.
Zambia’s remarkable win in the opening game at the tournament came to an abrupt end against Guinea and Namibia after the Chipolopolo could online settle for draws to make it to the knock-out stages with 5 points, but they looked impressive and stylish nevertheless.
Zambia will face the 2018 champions next and will need to prove they are a team to reckon with. It promises to be a do die encounter as Morocco is arguably the best team so far of the tournament
Guinea doesn’t look perfect, but they’re moving through the gears at a steady pace as Yarkhouba Gnagna pushes them onward and upward.
Releasing him in a free role is the best thing Lape Bangoura has done in the tournament so far, and the sight of Yarkhouba driving toward defenses, creating chances, and shooting on goal is what keeps them in the tournament.
DR Congo eased through their group with seven points, displaying dominance where necessary and crushing Niger with consummate ease.
Kadima Kabangu and Makabi Lilepo, thus far, have combined to be a great strike force for Florent Ibenge’s side, but there are question marks surrounding his four-center-back philosophy in the defensive line.
Will it hold against better teams?
Mali break down a very stubborn Zimbabwe side in their final group-stage game, but they qualify as the favorite in Group A
Qualification was essentially assured and a remarkable goalkeeping display by Nelson Chadya kept the Eagles from winning convincingly.
The 2018 champions made it two wins out of three in their final group-stage game, crushing the Uganda 2-5 that finalized their quarter-final place and proved yet again its supremacy.
Team Morocco with physical defensive play with delightful, incisive counterattacks
Who, feasibly, can stop them?