Mali frustrated by Ivory Coast in Bamako – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 06, 2017. 23:21

Mali and Ivory Coast drew 0-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group C match at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on Friday.

The draw ends Mali’s hopes of qualifying as they remain fourth on the group standings, while Ivory Coast remain at the top of the table with one game left.

The home side enjoyed more ball possession in the opening stages with Adama Niane and Yves Bissouma working tirelessly for Mali.

However, the Eagles found it difficult to unlock the Ivory Coast defence which was marshalled by England-based defender Eric Bailly.

Mali were awarded a free-kick in a promising area in the 27th minute and Bissouma unleashed a shot which missed the target frrom the set-piece.

Moussa Djenepo, who had replaced injured Adama Traore in the 40th minute, saw his header saved by Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo just before the half-time break.

The score was 0-0 between the Eagles and the Elephants in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. The hosts had dominated the first-half, but they could not turn their possession into a goal.

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots made a substitution just before the second-half – introducing Sekou Sanogo for Geoffroy Serey Die.

Bissouma continued to boss the midfield and he tried to play a through pass for Moussa Doumbia in the 66th minute, but the latter was caught offside.

Time was running out for Mali, who were placed fourth on the Group C standings, and Amadou Haidara was introduced as the hosts searched for a late winning goal.

Mali and Ivory Coast launched late attacks, but they could not score, and the encounter ended in a goalless stalemate.

Mali (0) 0

Ivory Coast (0) 0

Mali: Diarra, Wagué, Traoré, Koné, Fofana, Doumbia, Samassekou , Diarra, Bissouma (Haidara 80′), Niane (Coulibaly 63′), Traore (Djenepo 40′).

Ivory Coast: Gbohouo, Aurier, Kanon, Bailly, Konan, Dié (Sanogo 46′), Gbamin, Kessié, Kodjia, Cornet, Assalé (Kalou 67′).


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Mali look to stun Ivory Coast in Bamako – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mali look to stun Ivory Coast in Bamako

Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast challenged by Chancel Mbemba of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ivory Coast and DR Congo at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 20 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 11:00

Mali will welcome Ivory Coast in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group C match on Friday.

Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.

The encounter is set to take place at the Stade du 26 Mars in the capital city of Mali, Bamako.

The Eagles drew 0-0 with Morocco in their previous Group C match which was played in Bamako last month.

The draw left Mali placed fourth on the group standings with two points from four matches. They are five points behind the leaders Ivory Coast with two games left.

Mohamed Magassouba, the Mali coach, is expected to mastermind a victory for the Eagles at home.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast were narrowly defeated 2-1 by Gabon in their last Group C encounter at home last month.

But the Elephants remain at the top of the group table with seven points. They are a point above second-placed Morocco.

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots will be looking to guide his side to victory over Mali and edge closer to qualifying for the finals.


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Mali eyeing redemption against Morocco in Bamako – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Mali eyeing redemption against Morocco in Bamako

Molla Wague of Mali challenged by Luwaga Kizoto of Uganda during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Uganda and Mali at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 14:30

Mali will bank on their home ground advantage when they host Morocco for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The Eagles are under pressure to return to winning ways following an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of their visitors last week in Rabat.

The heavy defeat has left the West Africans sitting at number four in Group C standings with one point from two losses and one draw.

Coach Alain Giresse will now have to uplift the morale of his team and push them to fight for the full three points in front of their home crowd in Bamako.

Shifting focus to the Lions of the Atlas, coach Herve Renard has challenged his men to forget the 6-0 win and focus on completing the job away.

Although his side is high in confidence, they will have to guard against complacency to ensure they challenge Cote d’Ivoire at the top of the table.

The North Africans occupy the second spot with five points from one win and two draws so far in their campaign. A win will see them with eight points at the top the table, provided the Elephants lose to Gabon on the same day.

“We did well against Mali, we intimidated them into mistakes and voila!,” said Renard.

“There are still three qualifier games ahead of us, but Tuesday’s match is the most important one for me.

“We should forget about this one now and look forward a great result in Bamako.”

The match will be staged at the Stade 26 Mars in Bamako on Tuesday, getting underway 21:00 (CAT).


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Mali thump hapless Gambia in Bamako


Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 22, 2017. 21:39

Mali thumped Gambia 4-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier Zone West A second-leg match at the Stade Modibo Kéïta in Bamako on Saturday.

The victory sees the Eagles advance to the next round where they will face either Mauritania or Liberia, while the Scorpians are out of qualifying campaign.

Gambia managed to contain the Eagles, who were eager to break the deadlock in the first-half.

As a result, Mali and Gambia were locked at 0-0 during the half-time break.

The deadlock was broken a few minutes into the second-half as the home side’s pressure finally paid off.

Ibrahima Kone, the Eagles attacker was the man, who hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Mali.

It was soon 2-0 to Mali with Kone completing his brace seven minutes after the hour-mark.

The attacker then completed his hat-trick with nine minutes left on the clock – making it 3-0 to Mali in the process.

Kone then set-up Goune Niangadou, who sealed Mali’s 4-0 victory in stoppage time.


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