The 2020 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon has reached the quarterfinal stage after Wednesday night games.
Guinea finished top of Group D with five points after playing out to a 2-2 draw against Tanzania in Douala to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016.
The Syli National kicked off the tournament with a 3-0 win against Namibia, drew 1-1 against Zambia before drawing 2-2 with Tanzania.
Zambia joined Guinea to progress from the group. Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s men booked a place in the knock-out stage following a goalless draw with Namibia in their last Group D match played at the Omnisport Stadium in Limbe.
The Chipolopolo finished second in Group D with five points from the three games played; picking up a 2-0 over Tanzania and consecutive draws against Guinea and Namibia.
In Group A, Mali topped the group with seven points, two points ahead of tournament hosts Cameroon.
Both teams went through the group unbeaten, with Mali winning games against Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe and then drawing against Cameroon who mastered a draw against Burkina Faso and victory over Zimbabwe in their respective games.
Elsewhere, two-time CHAN winners DR Congo topped Group B with seven points after securing victories over Congo Brazzaville and Niger and drawing against Libya.
Congo, quarter-finalists in 2018 mastered four points in the group following a victory over Libya in their final group game, a draw against Niger and an opening day defeat to DRC.
Meanwhile, holders Morocco finished on top of group C with seven points after two wins against Togo and Uganda and a draw against Rwanda.
Rwanda sealed their second quarter-final appearance at the tournament with a heroic 3-2 victory over Togo to finish second with five points.
The CHAN quarter-final games get underway on Saturday, January 30, when Mali take on Congo in Yaoundé while DR Congo will face off with hosts Cameroon at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.
On Sunday, Morocco will take on Zambia in Douala at the Reunification Stadium while Guinea and Rwanda will clash at the Limbe Stadium.
The first semi-final pits together the winner of the quarterfinal between Mali/Congo against the winner of the quarter-final between Guinea/Rwanda in Douala.
Additionally, the winners in the quarter-finals between Morocco/Zambia and Cameroon/DR Congo will clash in the other semi-final in Limbe.
The 2020 CHAN final will be played on Sunday, February 7, at the 40,000 capacity Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.
Quarter-final lineup – 30th January 2021
Mali vs Congo – 7 PM
DR Congo vs Cameroon – 10 PM
Quarter-final line-up – 31st January 2021
Morocco vs Zambia – 7 PM
Guinea vs Rwanda – 10 PM
Both Semifinals will be played on February 3rd with the final slated for February 7th