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Total chan 2020: Match Day 1 Facts, figures and best xi

The sixth edition of the African Nations Championship began on January 16 2021, with the tournament pushed back from its original start date in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

The 16-team tournament consists of four groups of four, with two teams advancing from each, before quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.
2018 winners Morocco will be there to defend their title, and are among the hot favourites for the tournament, which is a hotly anticipated return to continental competition following a quiet year of international football in 2020 due to coronavirus.

Morocco 2018 chan winners
Background History of CHAN 2020

The African Nations Championship is a biennial African football competition exclusively for players based in their home nations.
The competition was original planned to be hosted by Ethiopia, but will now be held in Cameroon after the Ethiopian federation pulled out of hosting.
However, the Central African nation have come under pressure due to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, and due to civil unrest in the South-West region, which is home to one of the host stadiums.
16 nations will contest the competition, with hosts Cameroon being joined by 15 qualifiers.
Unlike for the Africa Cup of Nations, qualification takes place on a regional basis, with Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa among the major teams to have missed out on the tournament. It’s a particular disappointment for Nigeria’s home-based Eagles, who were defeated finalists three years ago.
The competition began in 2009, with the Democratic Republic of Congo – with two titles – the most successful team in the tournament’s history. The Leopards will again be in contention this time around.
The tournament will be hosted in four stadiums in three separate cities in Cameroon. Douala boasts two stadiums – the 50,000 Japoma Stadium and the 30,000 Stade de la Reunification.
In the capital, Yaoundé, players will take to the field at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, while it is the choice of Omnisports Stadium in Limbe – that has generated some controversy.
Three of the stadiums – with the exception of the Stade de la Reunification – have been pencilled in as venues for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The tournament kicked off on January 16, at 17h local time, with a meeting between hosts Cameroon and dark horses Zimbabwe.
The other two teams in Group A – Mali and Burkina Faso – met later that evening.
In Group B, the pick of the group-stage clashes was the showdown between neighbours DR Congo and Congo-Brazzaville, the former, in particular, are expected to deliver a strong showing in nearby Cameroon.
Morocco, the defending champions, are the team to watch in Group C, although they’ll be tested by a tough First Round draw after being pitted against Uganda, Rwanda and Togo. The last of the quartet, making their first appearance at the competition, will be hoping to make a strong showing in light of the recent toil of the full senior men’s team.
Group D looks open, with Namibia – one of the surprise packages three years ago – an intriguing prospect. Tanzania, Zambia and Guinea complete the group.
The final will take place in Yaoundé on February 7.

Stats about Day 1 so far

The opening round of group games at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon concluded on Tuesday 19 January 2021 with convincing Group D victories for Guinea and Zambia, after what had been a low-scoring start to the tournament.
Before the Group D openers, there had been four 1-0 victories across Groups A to C and two goalless draws.
In front of a limited number of spectators, Zambia defeated Tanzania 2-0 on Tuesday in Limbe thanks to a Collins Sikombe penalty and a late strike from Emmanuel Chabula.
In the late kick-off, Guinea went above Zambia at the top of Group D with a 3-0 win against Namibia. There were two goals for Yakhouba Barry with Morlaye Sylla also on the scoresheet.
In Group C, Yahya Jabrane converted a retaken penalty on Monday to give holders Morocco a 1-0 victory over Togo in Douala.
Rwanda and Uganda drew 0-0 in the late Group C kick-off.
On Sunday 17 January 2021, Chico Ushindi scored just after half-time to give the Democratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 win over Congo Brazzaville Sunday and take an early lead in Group B.
Libya and Niger drew 0-0 in their opening Group B match.
Host Cameroon opened the delayed CHAN on Saturday 16 January 2021 with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe. Salomon Banga scored the Group A match-winner 18 minutes from time.
The hosts are level with Mali at the top of the standings after Mali’s 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.

Results so far:

Group A:
Cameroon 1-0 Zimbabwe
Mali 1-0 Burkina Faso
Group B:
Libya 0-0 Niger
DR Congo 1-0 Congo
Group C:
Morocco 1-0 Togo
Uganda 0-0 Rwanda
Group D:
Zambia 2-0 Tanzania
Guinea 3-0 Namibia

TOTAL CHAN 2020 Day 1 BEST XI

This line-up represents players who were standout performers during day 1 of the competition. Even though Guinea had a 3-0 score line against Namibia, only one player stood out for them during that encounter, striker Yakhouba Barry.
DR Congo, Zambia and Morocco are well represented because of their impressive plays in matches they played.
If you disagree with the author, kindly send your comments to Twitter: @elumeraymond.

Goalkeeper – Ahmed Azzaqa (Libya)
Defenders – Djuma Shabani (DR Congo); Banga Bidjeme Salomon (Cameroon); Enoch Baka (DR Congo); Siaka Bagayoko (Mali)
Midfielders – Soufiane Rahimi (Morocco); Collins Sikombe (Zambia); Yahya Jabrane (Morocco); Muhadjiri Hakizimana (Rwanda)
Forwards – Emmanuel Chabula (Zambia); Yakhouba Barry (Guinea)

By Elume Raymond, sports analyst.

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