The ninth and tenth match of the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) currently taking place in Cameroon saw teams in group A play their second group games.
CAMEROON VS MALI
In the first game, it was a clash of the titans as the intermediate Lions played a 1-1 draw with immediate rivals Mali.
The lions took the lead at the 6th minute through Banga Bienvenue who benefited from a Kevin Junior Mfede cross.
The jubilation was however paused after center back, Ndedi Junior committed a foul on Mali's Mousa Kone in a vantage position, that gave Issaka Samake, a free-kick specialist the green light to put the game at 1-1.
At 1-1 the eagles of Mali became more offensive as the Cameroon defense was continuously put under scrutiny, but Martin Ndtoungou Mpile was quick to smell danger as he brought in Ngombe Etame at the 25th minute to stabilize Cameroon's defense.
The match, however, ended 1-1 at half time.
Upon resumption for the Second half, both teams had chances to win the game but could not capitalize on them.
At 90 minutes, it was 1-1 as both teams will now need only a draw in their last group game to book their place in the knockout stage of the competition
BURKINA FASO VS ZIMBABWE
Having tasted defeats in the last group game, both teams were out to correct their wrongs.
The Stallions of Burkina Faso had the better reading of the game, as Issouf Sosso gave the Burkinabes the lead at the 14th minute.
The Warriors, however, found their way back into the game as Partson Jaure got their equalizer at the 23rd minute.
Chances were created on the part of Burkina Faso but were squandered, especially that of Sansah Dah who failed to connect his header pass goalkeeper Chinani Simbabrashe.
Upon resumption for the Second half, the Stallions were the better side as goals from Glavert Jean Kiendrebeogo and Issiaka Ouedraogo sealed a 3-1 for the Burkinabes.
STANDINGS AFTER MATCH DAY TWO.
Burkina Faso (3points)
Zimbabwe (0 points)
The next and last group game will come up Sunday, January 24 with Cameroon taking on Burkina Faso while Mali will play against Zimbabwe.
It should be noted that both matches will begin at the same time.
JEMEA TEKE NDUMBE /UP AFRICA TV