Two-time CHAN champions DR Congo needed a late strike by Amadeau Masasi to salvage a 1-1 draw against Libya in Group B to ensure they continue leading their pool.
Captain Muetaz Husayn Almahdi scored for the opponents at Stade Omnisport de Douala on Thursday night.
DR Congo had won their first game against rivals Congo by a solitary goal, and another win would have guaranteed them early progression to the quarter-finals of the competition.
In another game played at the same venue, Niger settled for a 1-1 draw with Congo.
On the other hand, the Mediterranean Knights had shared the spoils with Niger as they settled to a goalless draw in their opening game of the group played last Sunday.
The Leopards lead the group with four points while Libya and Niger are on two points each. The Red Devils are at the bottom with a point.
On Friday, Uganda will be up against Togo while the current defending champions Morocco will entertain Rwanda.