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Mali look to secure 2018 CHAN spot


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 18:30


Mali will meet Mauritania in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h30 CAT.

The West Zone A second-leg clash will be played at the Stade Modibo Kéïta in Mali’s capital city, Bamako.

Mauritania held Mali to a 2-2 stalemate in an entertaining first-leg match last weekend.

Moussa Samba and Abdoulaye Gaye netted for Mauritania, while Aboubacar Diarra and Mandala Konte scored for Mali.

The encounter was played at the Stade Olympique in Mauritania’s main city, Nouakchott.

Mali have participated in the last three CHAN finals and they finished second in last year’s tournament which was their best performance in the competition.

Mauritania are looking to reach the CHAN finals for the second time. They finished at the bottom of their group at the 2014 finals.

The winner on aggregate between Mali and Mauritania will qualify for the 2018 finals which will be hosted by Kenya.

Referee Ibrahim Nour El Din, who hails from Egypt, will be in charge of the second-leg game.



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