Niger almost put Guinea to the sword at CHAN 2016 on Friday, but a late goal denied them maximum points in Group C.
An opener from Niger's Mossi Moussa Issa was immediately cancelled out by Aboubacar Sylla Iyanga, squaring the match at the break. Adamou Issa once again gave Niger an advantage after the restart, but a goal from Aboubacar Kile Bangoura 12 minutes from time stole a point.
In Friday's first match, Tunisia and Nigeria played out a pulsating 1-1 draw in Kigali, Rwanda, after the contest came alive in the second half.
Here are Friday's Group C results from the competition, including the latest standings and match schedule:
|CHAN 2016: Friday's Scores and Results|
|Group C Standings|
|CHAN 2016: Updated Schedule|
|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|
Niger will be hugely disappointed not to have claimed the three points on offer against Guinea, twice leading the fixture only to lose their individual leads in Nyamirambo, Rwanda.
Guinea controlled proceedings in the opening half-hour but were stunned when Mossi Moussa Issa gave the Menas a 1-0 advantage.
However, Guinea took no time to find parity, as Sylla found the back of the net with a clinical strike.
Their problems continued after the break as Niger scored again through substitute Adamou Issa, but the goal prompted Guinea to move through the gears as they hunted a second.
The vital moment came in the 78th minute as Bangoura rescued the result. Guinea put Niger under extreme pressure, and the goal was just reward for their comeback.
CAF shared the vital statistics on social media after the contest:
Match Statistics: Niger(FNF) 2 vs 2 Guinea(GFA) #NERGIN #CHAN2016 https://t.co/U8fLnT1HMp2016-1-22 18:01:09
Tunisia and Nigeria could not be separated on Friday in Group C, sharing a 1-1 draw in Kigali.
It was the Super Eagles who almost took the lead in the early exchanges against the run of play, as Tunisia midfielder Karim Aouadhi nearly turned the ball into his own net as he tried to defend Ifeanyi Mathew's shot.
The Eagles of Carthage dominated the first-half but could not make it count, as Nigeria defended with resolve.
The game exploded into life in the second half as Nigeria obtained the lead through Chisom Chikatara.
The striker, who scored a hat-trick against Niger in the opening game, clinically finished, leading to wild celebrations from the Super Eagles bench.
Nigerian football writer Colin Udoh commented on Chikatara's potential:
Colin NOT Collins @ColinUdoh
That's goal number 4 for Chikatara. The touch, the calm composure under pressure, the measured finish #CHAN20162016-1-22 14:14:36
Tunisia were back on level terms 18 minutes later, with Ahmed Akaichi netting a deserved equaliser. The attacker received the ball from Saad Bguir, and turned swiftly before hitting a left-footed shot into the back of the net.
Nether side could capitalise in the final moments of the game, as the momentum swung back and forth between the combatants.
Group C is tightly poised, with all sides having something to play for in the final match.
Niger will be hugely disappointed not to hold their lead against Guinea to earn a win that would have taken them up to second.