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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: Mali

Wednesday 19/June/2019 - 10:08 PM
Mali National Team
Mali National Team
Translated and Edited by Hassnein Tayea
The Mali national football team، nicknamed The Eagles، is the national team of Mali and is controlled by the Malian Football Federation. 

Mali competes as members of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). 

They have never qualified for a World Cup finals in their team's history.

Previous appearances: 10

Head Coach: Mohamed Magassouba

Les Aigles’ have been a constant force at the final tournament since 2008، winning bronze in 2012 and 2013. The West Africans will be making their seventh appearance on the trot in Egypt. They achieved their topmost feat in 1972، losing to Congo in the final.

Key Facts

Mali finished top of their 2019 AFCON qualifying group، taking 14 points from a possible 18 (W4 D2)، scoring 10 and conceding just twice.

Eight different players scored for Mali in qualifying for AFCON 2019، with only Kalifa Coulibaly (2) and Adam Traoré (2) scoring more than once.

Mali will officially participate in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after the Malian Federation reached an agreement regarding FIFA’s demands.

The Malian Football Federation، Fémafoot، has been under the supervision of a standardization committee since 2017، to organize the federations’ affairs and prevent the political interference in football.

Nevertheless، Fémafoot have been struggling for two years as the General Assembly hadn’t been able to approve the new statutes and organisations proposed by the standardization committee.

As a result، FIFA threatened to all stakeholders that if the general meeting، that took place on June 15، failed to approve the committee’s orders and organize new elections، the Malian Federation will be suspended and Mali will not be allowed to compete in the 2019 AFCON.

Nonetheless، following the meeting، Fémafoot have announced that they have reached an agreement، meaning that they will participate in the AFCON.

Mali was drawn in Group E alongside Tunisia، Mauritania and Angola. They will kick-off their African journey against Mauritania on June 24 in the Suez Stadium.

Among the eight forwards is Moussa Djenepo، a $19 million (17 mn euros) signing by Premier League club Southampton this week from Belgian outfit Standard Liege.

Hosts Egypt play Zimbabwe on June 21 in the opening match of the 24-nation tournament with the final set for July 19.

Africa Cup of Nations record 

Mali has never won the Africa Cup of Nations، however their best result at the tournament was Runners-up – in 1972. Mali has qualified for the tournament ten times in total، finishing as runners-up once، third twice، and fourth three times. Prior to 2008، each time Mali qualified، they reached the knockout stage having only qualified four times before then.

Mali Squad

Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien)، Adama Keita (Djoliba)، Ibrahima Mounkoro (TP MazembeCOD)

Defenders: Mamadou Fofana (MetzFRA)، Massadio Haidara (LensFRA)، Youssouf Kone (LilleFRA)، Boubacar Kiki Kouyate (TroyesFRA)، Falaye Sacko (Vitoria GuimaraesPOR)، Hamari Traore (RennesFRA)، Molla Wague (Nottingham ForestENG)

Midfielders: Lassana Coulibaly (RangersSCO)، Cheick Doucoure (LensFRA)، Amadou Haidara (RB LeipzigGER)، Diadie Samassekou (SalzburgAUT)، Adama Traore (Cercle BrugesBEL)

Forwards: Kalifa Coulibaly (NantesFRA)، Abdoulaye Diaby (SportingPOR)، Moussa Djenepo (SouthamptonENG)، Moussa Doumbia (ReimsFRA)، Sekou Koita (WolfsbergAUT)، Moussa Marega (PortoPOR)، Adama Niane (CharleroiBEL)، Adama Traore (OrleansFRA)



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