CHAN 2016: Monday Scores, Results, Updated Group Standings and Schedule

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Tunisia almost gained revenge on Guinea for their defeat at the Africa Cup of Nations, but a late strike levelled the scores in their CHAN 2016 Group C encounter on Monday, with the match ending 2-2.

The Eagles of Carthage believed they had prevailed in a tough encounter against the National Elephants to take the early spoils in the group, but a goal in the final minutes shared the points.

Nigeria overcame a sloppy first half to beat Niger 4-1, starting their 2015 CHAN campaign on a winning note.

Here are Monday’s results from the competition:

CHAN 2016: Monday’s Scores and Results
Tunisia 2-2 Guinea
Nigeria 4-1 Niger

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The Group C standings:

Group C Standings
Pos Team W D L GD Pts
1 Nigeria 1 0 0 3 3
2 Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
3 Tunisia 0 1 0 0 1
4 Niger 0 0 1 –3 0

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Here is the updated schedule for the group stage:

CHAN 2016: Updated Schedule
Date Time (GMT/ET) Group Match
Jan. 19 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. D Zimbabwe vs. Zambia
Jan. 19 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. D Mali vs. Uganda
Jan. 20 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. A Rwanda vs. Gabon
Jan. 20 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. A Morocco vs. Ivory Coast
Jan. 21 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. B Congo vs. Angola
Jan. 21 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. B Cameroon vs. Ethiopia
Jan. 22 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. C Tunisia vs. Nigeria
Jan. 22 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. C Niger vs. Guinea
Jan. 23 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. D Zimbabwe vs. Mali
Jan. 23 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. D Uganda vs. Zambia
Jan. 24 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. A Morocco vs. Rwanda
Jan. 24 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. A Ivory Coast vs. Gabon
Jan. 25 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. B Ethiopia vs. Angola
Jan. 25 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. B Cameroon vs. Congo
Jan. 26 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. C Guinea vs. Nigeria
Jan. 26 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. C Niger vs. Tunisia
Jan. 27 1 p.m. / 8 a.m. D Zambia vs. Mali
Jan. 27 4 p.m. / 11 a.m. D Uganda vs. Zimbabwe

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Monday Recap

Tunisia and Guinea played out a fine match to start proceedings in Group C.

Tunisia threatened early on after going close with a set play, and they took the lead just after the half-hour mark with an audacious backheel from Ahmed Akaichi.

The 26-year-old striker took his opportunity with magnificent opportunism, giving the Eagles an opener.

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However, Guinea were back in the match only seven minutes later, asAlseny Camara notched an equaliser. The defender’s goal levelled the sides at half-time, somewhat against the run of play.

The Tunisians emerged from the dressing room full of intent and took the lead for the second time five minutes after the restart.

Akaichi was the hero once more, scoring his second of the contest, and it seemed his side would gain revenge over the team who dumped them out of the Africa Cup of Nations 12 months previous.

However, with the clock ticking down to full-time, Guinea once again stunned their opponents as Camara netted his second of the game to claim a point.

Elvis Chikatara was the hero for Nigeria with a hat-trick in their 4-1 win over Niger, but the Super Eagles hardly looked impressive in their 2016 CHAN debut. As shared by Colin Udoh of ESPN FC, the favourites for this year’s title struggled mightily in the first half:

Niger are hardly football heavyweights, but their high defensive line troubled Nigeria greatly. The forwards had trouble timing their runs throughout the first half, and Niger survived rather comfortably.

The Super Eagles had a perfect start to the second half, however, as Moses Okoro scored almost straight from the kick-off. The goal opened up Niger’s defence, and Chikatara doubled Nigeria’s lead after getting past his defender with a cheeky touch.

Victorien Adebayor pulled one back with a powerful drive from long range, but Chikatara decided the match with two more goals, and per Udoh, he could have had a lot more:

Depth will be one of the keys to glory for Nigeria, who have the luxury of picking from a strong domestic league for the competition. Chikatara is likely to start their next match against Tunisia, and his strong form could play a big factor in that match.

The lack of discipline in the attacking third is worrying for the Super Eagles, however. Teams watching this match will have noticed how Niger’s high line troubled the Nigerian attack early, and a team with more offensive firepower, like Cameroon or DR Congo, could use a similar approach with better results.

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