Last weekend saw the end of the final round of the qualifiers for CHAN 2020 which would be hosted by Cameroon; with top african countries in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana among casualties who did not qualify.
Nigeria lost out as well after losing to Togo 4-3 on aggregate; despite winning 2-0 courtesy of a Sikiru Alimi brace, making the Hawks of Togo book a place in the group phase of next year’s CHAN; their first appearance since the inception of the tournament.
Lesotho and Zimbabwe settled for a goalless draw as Zimbabwe qualified after a 1-3 aggregate win.
Two goals from Joel Beya, and a goal each from Kikasa Wamba, and Jackson Muleka gave DR Congo a 4-1 win against Central Africa as they qualified 6-1 on aggregate.
Burkina Faso made it to CHAN 2020 at the expense of Ghana after a goalless draw after a 1-0 win in the first leg.
Mali advanced to the final tournament of the CHAN 2020 in Cameroon after a 2-0 win over Mauritania with (Agg. 2-0). Goals from Mamadou Coulibaly, Aly Desse Sissoko gave Mali the win.
Libya couldn’t qualify against Tunisia as they lost 1-2 in the second leg of CHAN qualifier final round. Ahmed Moksi scored a penalty for Libya but Anice Badri brace sealed it for Tunisia to make it 1-3 on aggregate.
Ivory Coast was another big team that failed to make it to the final tournament in Cameroon next year as their 1-0 over Niger was not enough to qualify. They lost 1-2 on aggregate.
Guinea won Senegal 3-1 on penalties to book their place in the final tournament in Cameroon. The game had ended 1-0 in favour of Guinea after Mamadouba Bangoura scored to make it 1-1 on aggregate.
Complete list 16 qualified countries to CAN 2020:
Cameroon (Hosts); Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda,
Namibia, Togo (First time), Morocco (defending champions), Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Congo Brazaville, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger and Mali.
CHAN is a tournament exclusively reserved for the locally based players plying their trade in the respective domestic leagues in Africa.
Morocco won the last edition in 2018 beating Nigeria 4-0 in the final.