Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Stade du 26 Mars will host Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mali and Congo. The hosts did well to make it to the World Cup playoffs final, but Tunisia eventually proved to be a big catch for them. Les Aigles are eager to get back on course as soon as possible, and the bookies see them as favourites to beat Congo in front of home fans.
Al Jazira striker Abdoulay Diaby is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. The Red Devils, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Sierra Leone in a March friendly, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. As for the visiting side, Mali defenders should have Thievy Bifouma at bay. In their last meeting in a competitive match Mali defeated Congo on penalties.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal.
During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen.
His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.