Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
South Sudan and Mali go head to head in a David-vs-Goliath clash at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende. Mali impressed in the opening match of their AFCON qualifying campaign, with the team rolling over Congo 4-0 on home soil. Les Aigles aim to get their job done in Group G as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against South Sudan.
A man to keep an eye on in the away side will be Reims forward El Bilal Toure, who impressed in the crushing of Congo, while fellow Ligue 1 player Ibrahima Kone should miss out with injury. The hosts failed to upset Gambia in their opener (0-1), and we do not believe that they are capable of matching Mali, who will obviously play an important role in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. In their last meeting in a competitive match Mali outplayed South Sudan 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Ousseynou Cisse):
Born in Suresnes, France on April 7, 1991, Ousseynou Cisse is a defensive midfielder who plays for Gillingham in the League One. After spending his youth career at Jouy-le-Moutier, Paris Saint-Germain and Amiens, Cisse continued playing for les Licornes at senior level, making 36 league appearances for the club.
The 195-cm-tall footballer played for the likes of Dijon, Rayo Vallecano, Wassland-Beveren (loan), Tours and Milton Keynes Dons as well before signing a deal with League One side Gillingham in the summer of 2019.
Ousseynou Cisse joined the Gills on a free transfer effective and he is expected to make his League One debut August 3, 2019, when Gillingham kick off the new season with a match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The French player is mostly used as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a centre-back as well.
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.