Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Stade 26 Mars will host Thursday’s football game between Mali and Guinea, who face each other at the start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Mali made it to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, but Ivory Coast proved to be a big catch for them. The Malians are now eager to kick off their 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign in style, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Guinea in their opener.
A man to watch in the home team will be Besikstas attacker Abdoulay Diaby, who is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders. Guinea, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Comoros and Chile in the previous rivals, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be a big problem for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Kalifa Coulibaly):
Kalifa Coulibaly is a Malian international who began his senior career at Paris Saint-Germain B. After spending four years at Parc des Princes, he moved to Charleroi in 2014 and the Malian striker scored seven goals in 31 league appearances for the Belgian outfit.
At the end of the season he left the club, signing a contract with Gent and he has been playing for De Buffalo’s ever since. Kalifa Coulibaly made his Gent debut on 9 August, 2015 in a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht. He scored four goals in 24 league games for the club in the 2015/2016 season, picking up just one yellow card in the process.
Coulibaly made his Mali debut on 15 October, 2013 in a 3-1 win over South Korea. He started the match from the bench, substituting Ousmane Coulibaly in the second half of the game. His contract with Gent expires on 30 June, 2019. Coulibaly’s main position is centre forward.
Highlighted Team (Guinea):
Nicknamed the National Elephants, Guinea national team are affiliated to the Guinea Football Federation. Guinea qualified for their 12th Africa Cup of Nations and they will face the likes of Nigeria, Madagascar and Burundi in the group stages of the tournament in Egypt.
The National Elephants have yet to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but they were on the verge of going all the way at the tournament in Ethiopia back in 1976. Guinea finished the final round in second place in the standings, only one point behind champions Morocco.
The National Elephants wear red socks, yellow shorts and green socks when welcoming their rivals, whilst their away colours are yellow and red. Guinea suffered a 2-1 loss to Togo in their first international game (May, 1962). The African side recorded their biggest win against Mauritania (14-0) on May, 1972), whilst a 6-0 loss to Zaire (July, 1972) is considered the biggest defeat in the history of the national team.