Salomon Charles Bienvenue Banga Bindjeme scored the first goal of the sixth edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), as Cameroon beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the tournament's opening match.
With five games without a win under coach Martin Ndtoungou Mpile, the intermediate Lions started the game with some steam, as they managed some shots on goal.
However, these chances were not realistic and purposeful especially the chances of Jacques Zoua, Felix Oukine, and Alfred Meyong.
The Zimbabweans on their part had a series of chances but the defense line of Cameroon was always on the alert.
The game ended 0-0 at half time but the Second half was no different as the lions continued from where they stopped during the first half as there were misses and near misses from Stade Renard winger, Alfred Meyong, Jacques Zoua, and Thierry Tchuente.
The coming of experienced Yannick N'Djeng who replaced Bryan Soga gave the boys of Ndtoungou some hope.
At the 71 st minute, the goal finally came as defense man Banga benefited from across from Union Douala's Serge Andolo to give the lions a 1-0 goal lead.
There were chances to increase the tally but were all squandered as it all ended 1-0 in favor of Cameroon.
In the other group game, Mali beat Burkina Faso 1-0 to set up Classico against Cameroon on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, while Burkina Faso will take on Zimbabwe in the other group game.
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