By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer –kick442.com-Cameroon
Three times participants of the CHAN have made their way into Cameroon ahead of the prestigious tournament.
Coach Nouhoum Diane and boys touched Cameroon soil Tuesday January 12, 2021, four days to the deal day of the tournament
Mali is in their 4th outing in the competition. The West African country was runners-up in 2016 after failing to beat DR Congo at the finals in Kigali, Rwanda.
Mali will battle with Burkina Faso in their first encounter of the CHAN 2020 in what is known as a West African derby.
The Eagles are draw in pool A with host Cameroon, five times participants Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso.
Mali were one of two teams to qualify from the Western Zone A. In the first round, they saw off Guinea-Bissau on a 7-0 aggregate score line, beating them 0-4 in the first leg and 3-0 in the return leg.
During the second round they drew 0-0 with Mauritania in the first leg before making sure in the return leg with a 2-0 win on home soil, to book their ticket for the tournament.
Mali’s top scorer in the qualifiers was Moussa Kone with three goals. Mali scored nine goals in qualification and conceded none.
The Eagles made sure of a place in the tournament on October 20, 2019.
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