Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Tunisia, Mali will be aiming to climb to top position in Group F when they take on Gambia at Limbe Stadium. Les Aigles could not have wished for a better start to their AFCON 2021 campaign, but keep in mind that forward El Bilal Toure misses the second group game through suspensions. As a result, Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo should keep his place in the starting XI.
The Scorpions, on the other hand, aim to build on a 1-0 win over Mauritania. A man to watch in the home team will be Seraing attacker Ablie Jallow, who scored the winner against the Lions of Chinguetti. Anyhow, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw as both sides are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Sunday’s clash. The two teams meet for the first time ever at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Highlighted Player (Ebou Adams):
After spending his youth career at Orpington and Dartford, Ebou Adams made his debut for the Dartford senior team on April 26, 2014, in a 3-1 loss to Nuneaton Town. Born in Greenwich, England on January 15, 1996, Ebou Adams is a midfielder who played for the likes of Walton Casuals (loan), Norwich City, Braintree Town (loan), Shrewsbury Town (loan), Leyton Orient (loan), and Ebbsfleet Town as well before joining Forest Green Rovers.
He signed a two-year deal with the Green Army on June 18, 2019, making his debut with the club on August 10, 2019, in a 1-1 draw with Walsall. The footballer of Gambian descent debuted for the Gambia national team against Morocco B in November 2017.
His primary position is central midfield, but he is often used as a defensive midfielder. Ebou Adams has dual citizenship (England/Gambia), and he wears the number 14 shirt at Forest Green.
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.