Jan, 21st 2021 – The African Nations Championship CHAN championship, a tournament that only allows local-based players continued on Tuesday as Zambia beat Tanzania 2-0 and Guinea won 3-0 against Namibia.
Cameroon was held to a one-all draw by Mali and Burkinafaso beat Zimbabwe 3-1. Cameroonian Salomon Banga set a trend of defenders scoring as his country and Mali moved closer to the quarter-finals.
In a dramatic start to the top-of-the-table Group A clash in Yaounde center-back Banga put hosts Cameroon ahead and Mali right-back Issaka Samake leveled with only 12 minutes gone. The draw left both Cameroon and Mali with four points and needing only one more each to reach the last eight of a tournament reserved for home-based footballers.
Burkina Faso outplayed Zimbabwe 3-1 in the second match of a double-header at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in the Cameroonian administrative capital with two more defenders netting. Left-back Issouf Sosso put the Burkinabe ahead and substitute right-back Issiaka Ouedraogo completed the scoring midway through the second half.
There have been 15 goals in the first 10 CHAN group matches with defenders bagging six, midfielders five and forwards just four.Partson Jaure equalised for Zimbabwe before half-time and another midfielder, Claver Kiendrebeogo, put Burkina Faso ahead a second time eight minutes into the second half.
Victory lifted the Burkinabe to three points ahead of a final group match against Cameroon on Sunday while only pride will be at stake for pointless Zimbabwe when they face Mali.
It was the first victory in eight CHAN matches for Burkina Faso since they debuted in 2014, and they must secure maximum points again, against the host nation, to reach the quarter-finals.In todays matches Libya play DRC and Congo face Niger.