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World CHAN newcomers Togo upset Uganda, Rwanda hold misfiring Morocco

01:18  23 january  2021
01:18  23 january  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Uganda head coach Johnathan McKinstry has stated they are looking at solutions against Togo in their second African Nations Championship game. The Cranes – who drew 0-0 against Rwanda in Group C’s opener – need a win against Togo if they are to keep their hopes alive of a place in the next phase.

Title holders Morocco laboured to a 1-0 victory over debutants Togo in their TOTAL African Nations Championship clash in Daoula on Monday. The Togolese goalkeeper had saved Jabrane’s first penalty attempt, but the referee called for a retake after Aigba initially moved before the ball was struck.

Togo overcame the absence of coronavirus-hit coach Jean-Paul Abalo to upset Uganda 2-1 Friday and boost hopes of reaching the African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-finals at the first attempt.

a group of men playing a game of football: Abdelkarim Baadi (L) of Morocco attempts to block a cross by Ernest Sugira of Rwanda during an African Nations Championship match in Douala Friday. © Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO Abdelkarim Baadi (L) of Morocco attempts to block a cross by Ernest Sugira of Rwanda during an African Nations Championship match in Douala Friday.

A Paul Mbowa own-goal gave Togo an early second-half lead in Cameroon Atlantic city Douala only for Ugandan Saidi Kyeyune to equalise just three minutes later through a 40-metre thunderbolt.

Togolese Yendoutie Nane scored the match-winner on 57 minutes with a looping half-volley that dropped behind goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.

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Not even Uganda ’s Joackim Ojera could easily tap-in from close after 60 minutes when the Rwanda goalkeeper Kwizera had fumbled with the ball. Rwanda face an arduous task in their next game as they face holders Morocco on Friday while Uganda take on debutantes Togo in the group’s other

Uganda captain Halid Lwaliwa has confirmed he is ready for the African Nations Championship game against Togo on Friday. The defender missed the Group C opener against Rwanda but is now fit and stated it is upon coach Johnathan McKinstry to decide on whether he will start or not.

It was among the best group matches of the 14 so far in the tournament for home-based footballers and compensated spectators for a dull 0-0 draw between title-holders Morocco and Rwanda a few hours before.

Morocco, who are hoping to become the first back-to-back winners of the competition, top Group C after two rounds with four points while Togo have three, Rwanda two and Uganda one.

Before the Nations Championship kicked off last weekend, most pundits tipped Morocco to finish first and be accompanied to the quarter-finals by Uganda.

But a Ugandan team coached by Johnny McKinstry from Northern Ireland must win their final group fixture, against Morocco next Tuesday, to have any chance of avoiding elimination.

That will be a tall order because although Morocco are misfiring in attack, they boast a tight defence that has not conceded in two outings.

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Uganda will be playing Togo in their second Group C Chan game on Friday night and Fufa president Moses Magogo has challenged them to get a While the Sparrowhawks lost their initial game to defending champions Morocco by a solitary goal the East Africa heavyweights drew 0-0 with Rwanda .

Uganda ’s captain Halid Lwaliwa has stated he is ready to face Togo during a Chan Group C encounter on Friday. “We shall miss him but it is an opportunity for others to step in and show what they can do.” Togo , just like Uganda , will be looking for their opening win as they were beaten 1-0 by Morocco .

While Uganda face an unexpectedly early battle for survival, Togo, the only Nations Championship debutants in the sixth edition, were celebrating a success born of never-say-die spirit.

The Sparrowhawks have experienced triumph and tragedy ahead of the first major male Confederation of African Football tournament in Cameroon for 49 years.

They scraped past Benin, then stunned 2018 runners-up Nigeria to reach the 16-team finals before two of their stars died -- Kossi Koudagba from malaria and Toyi Awi after collapsing clutching his chest.

Abalo was the second CHAN coach in two days, after Democratic Republic of Congo handler Florent Ibenge, who had to self-isolate after testing positive for Covid-19.

Morocco won much more possession that Rwanda in the first match of the double-header, but created few clearcut chances against well-organised opponents.

The frustrations of the defending champions showed midway through the second half when captain Ayoub el Kaabi, the nine-goal star of the 2018 tournament, fouled a Rwandan and was yellow-carded.

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CHAN 2020: Morocco outclasses Zambia and meets Cameroon .
Easy winner of Zambia (3-1), Morocco qualified Sunday for the semi-finals of CHAN 2020. © Supplied by Football 365 MAROC_RAHIMI_310121 Morocco did not make any details against Zambia (3-1) , Sunday in Douala, and without trembling for a second won his ticket for the semi-finals of CHAN 2020. It was not necessary to be late at the Reunification stage: a minute of play had just passed when the Atlas Lions were already opening the scoring. was going to beat Alan Chibwe (2nd, 1-0).

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