The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo both qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after recording wins in their final games in Group B on Monday.
An injury time winner by Amede Masasi earned DR Congo a 2-1 win against Niger 2-1 at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé. Earlier on Mossi Issa Moussa had equalized for Congo after Kadima Kabangu had given DR Congo the lead in the first half.
Meanwhile, Congo edged Libya 1-0 at Japoma Stadium in Douala thanks to Gautrand Ngouonimba’s goal five minutes into the second half.
The wins saw the DR Congo top the group with seven points followed by Congo on five points then Niger and Libya respectively each on two points.
DR Congo will face hosts Cameroon in the quarterfinals while Congo will take on Mali after the two West African nations had sealed their qualification from Group A on Sunday.
Cameroon finished second behind Mali after a nervy goalless draw against Burkina Faso while Mali edged Zimbabwe 1-0 to guarantee top spot. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, finished the group stage without a single point after losing all its three matches.
Tuesday’s action will see defending champions Morocco face Uganda while Togo plays Rwanda in Group C.
The group is still finely poised with all teams still in contention for a place in the knockout phase. Morocco tops the group with four points followed by Togo on three points, Rwanda has two points and Uganda has one point.