Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Tunisia Mali moved one step closer to booking their place in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages, but their job is only half done. Les Aigles are one point away from securing a top-two finish in Group E. Mali are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Tuesday’s football match and considering that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of Angola’s first two group games, a low-scoring affair is on the cards at Ismailia Stadium.
The Palancas Negras face a must-win situation against les Aigles, but we do not believe that they are capable of picking up all three points from the match as Mohamed Magassouba’s men have been producing fine performances at the tournament in Egypt. In their last meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations the two countries played out a thrilling 4-4 draw.
Highlighted Player (Bastos Quissanga):
Born in Luanda (Angola) on November 23, 1991, Bastos Jacinto Quissanga is a powerful defender who plays for Serie A side Lazio. Bastos started his senior career at domestic club Petro de Luanda and after scoring 6 goals in 105 appearances in the league for Os Tricolores, he moved to Russia in 2013, signing a deal with the Premier League side Rostov.
The 184-cm-tall defender proved his worth in the Russian top flight and, as expected, he decided to take a step forward in his career, signing a contract with famous Serie A team Lazio. Bastos failed to establish himself as a first-team regular with the Biancocelesti, but he plays an important role at the Angola national team. Bastos, whose main position is centre-back, made his international debut for the Palancas Negras on August 10, 2011 in a goalless draw against Liberia. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Mali):
Mali are an African football team that have never participated at the World Cup finals. Les Aigles (the Eagles), though, did well to make it to the 1972 African Cup of Nations final, with the team facing Congo in the title game.
Mali suffered a 3-2 loss to Pierre Lechantre’s men back then, but that is regarded as the team’s biggest success. The Malian national football team play their home games in yellow shirts and yellow shorts, while the colour of the team’s away kit is white. Stade du 26 Mars is regarded as the home stadium of Mali and the capacity of the venue is 60,000. Les Aigles won the Amilcar Cabral Cup on three occasions (1989, 1997 and 2007) and they made it to the final of the tournament four times.
Frederic Kanoute is the most notable footballer who played for the Malian national team and the former Sevilla and Tottenham attacker scored 23 goals in 39 appearances for the Eagles.