Defending champions Morocco could hope to qualify for the quarter-finals by beating Rwanda this Friday, January 22nd. But the Atlas Lions will have to be patient. The two teams drew (0-0). Togo won 2-1 against Uganda and remain during a possible quarter-final.
During this second day, Morocco, defending champions, tried to take advantage of this meeting in Douala against Rwanda to grab the first ticket to the quarter-finals. Dominators vs. Togo (1-0) for their access to the race, the Atlas Lions had wasted a lot of opportunities. Against Rwanda, who had drawn in their first outing against Uganda (0-0), the Moroccans did not show much in the first period without shots on goal despite superior ball possession, but visibly sterile. The two teams returned to the locker room with an empty score.
Back on the lawn, the Moroccans push, and Ayoub El Kaabi, top scorer (9 goals) and player from the previous edition, hits from the left at the entrance to the penalty area. The leather is stopped by the Rwandan goalkeeper (51st). But then the Moroccans cannot find the fault and must be content with a draw.
Rwanda wins a valuable point that allows them to hope for a validation in quarters against the Sparrowhawks on the final day. Morocco will therefore play the qualifier next Tuesday in the final match against Uganda.
Togo performs the proper operation of the day
At today’s second meeting, Togo without national coach Jean-Paul Abalo played positively for Covid-19 and played to survive against Uganda. The Sparrowhawks A ‘did not have the right to defeat to remain in the race for the quarterfinals. The Togolese had lost their first meeting against Morocco. And Uganda, which has participated in the last four editions, was the favorite in this confrontation.
Despite a large number of chances like this powerful shot from Bright Akukani that passed just over the cage in the 22nd minute, Uganda did not find the solution in the first half.
Just back from the locker room, it was finally Togo who opened the scoring in the 48th minute with a goal against his camp from defender Paul Patrick Mbowa. But three minutes later Saidi Kyeyune sends a cannonball from 35 yards to equalize. In the 57th minute, Yendoutie Richard Nane returned the advantage to Éperviers, who thanks to this good result could hope to stay during the quarterfinals.