CHAN 2018: Sunday Scores, Results, Standings and Updated Schedule

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2018

Moroccan security officers stand at the entrance to the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca, prior to the CHAN (African Nations Championship) opening group A soccer match in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.  (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
Abdeljalil Bounhar/Associated Press

Sudan beat Guinea in Group A, while Namibia shocked Ivory Coast in Group B of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco on Sunday.

Zambia and Uganda were also in action, with the former getting the win to end the day as group leaders.

Here are the scores from all of Sunday's matches, along with the updated standings:

  • Guinea 1-2 Sudan
  • Ivory Coast 0-1 Namibia
  • Zambia 3-1 Uganda

     

Group A (goal difference)

1. Morocco: 3 (4)

2. Sudan: 3 (1)

3. Guinea: 0 (-1)

4. Mauritania: 0 (-4)

Group B

1. Zambia: 3 (2)

2. Namibia: 3 (1)

3. Ivory Coast: 0 (-1)

4. Uganda: 0 (-2)

     

Full standings are available, per the tournament's official website.

     

Here's the upcoming schedule:

Monday, January 15

Group C

  • Libya vs. Equatorial Guinea, 4:30 p.m. GMT.
  • Nigeria vs. Rwanda, 7:30 p.m. GMT.

     

Tuesday, January 16

Group D

  • Angola vs. Burkina Faso, 4:30 p.m. GMT.
  • Cameroon vs. Congo, 7:30 p.m. GMT.

     

Full fixtures are available, per the competition's official website.

     

Sekou "Trezeguet" Camara headed Guinea level on 55 minutes after Omer Suliman had given Sudan an early lead in Casablanca. Guinea should have been in the ascendancy after Camara's equaliser, but instead Sudan upped the tempo considerably.

A missed penalty by Maki Saifeldin Bakhit denied them the chance to retake the lead five minutes after the hour mark. Yet the same player found the net 10 minutes later for what would be the winner.

CAF's official Twitter account relayed some images of the action:

It meant Sudan held on and are keeping pace with the hosts in Group A.

There was an early shock in Group B when Namibia performed a smash-and-grab on Ivory Coast in Marrakech. The Elephants bossed possession during the opening 45 minutes but couldn't find a breakthrough:

Their profligacy was duly punished when Charles Hambira netted a 93rd-minute winner. It was tough on Ivory Coast, but Namibia had defended well and played a smart game on the break.

Finally, Zambia overcame Uganda thanks to goals from Lazarous Kambole, Augustine Mulenga and Fackson Kapumbu. Derrick Nsibambi had equalised Kambole's goal, but Uganda struggled to cope defensively.

Zambia proved their quality, while Ivory Coast were a letdown in their first group match. Attention will now turn to defending champions Congo, who face a tough opener against Cameroon on Wednesday.

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