The African Nations Championships kicked off with hosts Cameroon opening Group A with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe on Saturday at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Salomon Banga Bindjeme’s goal in the 72nd minute is all that the Indomitable Lions – who struggled against the Warriors – needed in order to open the competition with a win.
Before the game, the Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic had claimed witchcraft was at play after a dead bat was found on the pitch before kick-off.
In the second game of Group A, Mali opened with a 1-0 win over their West African counterparts Burkina Faso.
Siaka Bagayoko’s 70th minute header was enough to settle the encounter.
Cameroon and Mali are now tied at the top ahead of the second group games.
Two games will be played on Sunday with Libya vs Niger being the first one. The Mediterranean Knights are in the tournament as an invited team after their neighbours Tunisia gave up their position citing congested domestic fixtures.
In the second game, the Democratic Republic of Congo will be up against neighbors Congo Brazzaville.