DR Congo, Congo, Zimbabwe secure CHAN 2020 slots


Two-time champions, DR Congo, have booked a slot in next year’s showpiece in Cameroon after an emphatic 4-1 victory at home Sunday in Kinshasa against the Central African Republic to go through 6-1 on aggregate.

They will be joined by neighbors Congo who progressed 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-0 victory at home against Equatorial Guinea in Brazzaville. Also making it into Cameroon 2020 is Zimbabwe who progressed despite a 0-0 draw away to Lesotho in Maseru.

Their 3-1 victory at home in the first leg has proved enough to sail them through to the competition for the fourth time.

It was DR Congo though who had the biggest victory of the Sunday matches as they broke down any hopes for CAR who had lost the first leg 2-0. The 2009 and 2016 champions have made amends for failing to qualify for the 2018 showpiece in Morocco.

They had a commanding start with Joel Beya striking them into a 13th minute lead that put them into comfortable control. Marvel Kikasa added the second for the Leopards in the 28th minute before Beya completed his brace three minutes to the break.

Jackson Muleka then put the game to bed with a goal on the hour mark and all efforts by CAR only counted for statistics with Saint Fort-Dimokoyen grabbing one back in the 70th minute.

In neighboring Brazzaville, Carof Bakoua struck the all important goal for Congo with 16 minutes left on the clock to see them go through 3-2 on aggregate at the expense of Equatorial Guinea with the first leg away from home having ended 2-2.