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Zambia, Guinea make winning starts at CHAN

20 Jan 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

YAOUNDE, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Zambia and Guinea began their African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign with impressive victories in Group D matches on Tuesday.

Zambia beat Tanzania 2-0 in Limbe, opening the scoring in the 63rd minute when captain Collins Sikombe converted a penalty before Emmanuel Chabula netted the second nine minutes from time.

"Winning the opening match is a good step, but we are still far from playing our best," Zambia head coach Milutin Sredojevic told reporters after the match.

Said Tanzania head coach Etienne Ndairagije, "We need to keep working hard because we still have two games to play in the group and we have a chance."

In the day's second game, a brace by Guinea striker Yakhouba Barry helped his side to a 3-0 win over Namibia.

Guinea took the lead just 13 minutes into the game when Barry profited from a bad pass from defender Immanuel Heita to goalkeeper Edward Maova.

His team-mate Morlaye Sylla added a second just before half-time, and Barry's late strike sealed the win.

"Although we beat Namibia, we did not underrate them from the start, but only selected a team that reacted well to win the game," said Guinea coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura.

Namibia had missed out on build-up matches due to COVID-19 restrictions, and had their preparations affected by 11 players who tested positive.

"There are no excuses here, but we lost to a well-prepared team of Guinea. We now need to go back to the drawing board to plan for our next game against Tanzania," said Namibia head coach Richard Bobby Samaria.

Zambia will play Guinea in their next group match on Saturday, while Tanzania take on Namibia in the day's other game.

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