Matches to watch out for in CHAN 2020 group stage |
Matches to watch out for in CHAN 2020 group stage

Matches to watch out for in CHAN 2020 group stage

The draw for the 2020 African Nations Championship was on Monday held in Yaounde, Cameroon setting up mouth-watering clashes in the pool stages.

Some of the most anticipated matches involve neighbours, others have historical rivalries as some teams will be up to assert their dominance over their opponents.

At Futaa, we have picked the matches that we think will be closely watched and that have the potential to be explosive encounters. 

Here we go!

Group A: Cameroon v Mali

Cameroon are the hosts of the sixth edition of CHAN and will be banking on home ground advantage to go better than their quarterfinal show in Sudan 2011 and Rwanda 2016. 

On the other hand, Mali will travel to Cameroon as one of the best-ranked teams on the continent. They would like to put the disappointment of losing to DR Congo in Rwanda four years ago to rest and claim their first CHAN title.

The two nations are among the greatest football teams in Africa with Cameroon ranked 56 and MAli three places below by FIFA.

Cameroon has superior head to head record winning four and drawing five in the nine matches they have played. 

Group B: DR Congo v Congo

Record champions DR Congo are definitely one of the favourites in CHAN 2020. The Mihayo Kazembe coached boys have won this tournament twice in 2009 and 2016. They pack a potent squad that has talented players such as TP MAzembe's Jackson Muleka. 

Their cross-river neighbours Congo are less successful in both CHAN and AFCON but the rivalry between the two nations is always intense and more socio-cultural. Who will be the King of River Congo? 

Group C: Rwanda v Uganda

These two East African nations might not be African football powerhouse but their matches are always peppered with historical rivalry and cross border pride. 

Tiny Rwanda have not had much success on the continent as their neighbours but these type of derbies always produce unpredictable derbies. 

Besides the two countries are embroiled in political grandstanding and whoever will come out the winner here will collect a few geopolitical points. 

The two nations have played against each other 34 times, with Uganda winning 15, and 10 draws.


Group D: Zambia v Guinea

These two nations boast some of the finest football talents on the continent. Zambia has given us the legendary Kalusha Bwalya, Chris Katonga, Emmanuel Mayuka and Kennedy Mweene while Guinea can parade Liverpool star Naby Keita, Pascal Feinduno, Titi Camara as some of their biggest stars.

But at CHAN, these stars will not be in action and the two teams will parade the new crop of players that will be out to claim their place on honour's roll.

Zambia has played Guinea only five times with two wins to show for.