Already qualified as a host country, Cameroon drew at home against Cape Verde (0-0). At the same time, Chad lost to Namibia (2-1).
Cameroon faced at home Ahmadou Ahidjo Cape Verde as part of the first day of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations 2021. With including Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, owner, the Lions wanted to turn the page after a very bad course in the last CAN, eliminated by Nigeria in the round of 16 under the leadership of Clarence Seedorf. The reigning African champion had largely disappointed in Egypt.
Cameroon, already qualified to be the host country of the CAN 2021, still takes part in the playoffs. As a result, there is only one ticket to be disputed between Cape Verde, Mozambique and Rwanda in Group F.
Chad starts badly!
Cape Verde, which has not participated in the last two editions of the CAN, had the ambition to start this new campaign of the playoffs. In the 20th minute, club winger Garry Rodrigues of Fenerbahçe, on loan from Ittihad FC, made a powerful shot that went just to the left of Onana's posts. Despite possession of a ball superior to Blue Sharks, Cameroonians could not find the fault. In the 45th minute, Malong fired a free-kick low on the ground that came directly into the hands of the captain. Finally, both teams leave on a draw (0-0). The first official match of the Portuguese Antonio Conceiçao at the head of the indomitable Lions will not remain in the history of the Cameroonian football.
At the same time, in Group A, Chad, who never had the opportunity to participate in a CAN finals, was moving to Namibia. Emmanuel Tregoat's men were hoping for a good result to get the playoffs off to a good start. Despite good intentions, the Sao did not take the first three points and even conceded defeat (2-1).
After Namibia opened the scoring in the 66th minute with a goal by goalkeeper Adoassou Matthieu, Chadian striker Ezechiel Ndouassel equalized. Chris Katjiukua finally gave the victory to the Namibians in the 76th minute. A valuable victory in a group where Mali and Guinea are favorites.