Our football match prediction:
Stade d’Oyem will host Wednesday’s football match between Uganda and Mali. Uganda have already suffered elimination in the group stages of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, while Mali have slim chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in Gabon. Alain Giresse’s men need to defeat Uganda in their last group game if they are to keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive, but their destiny depends on the outcome of the game between Egypt and Ghana as well. Anyhow the Malians should mind their own business and considering that Uganda have nothing to play for in Wednesday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on Crystal Palace ace Bakary Sako and his teammates this time out. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever at the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Highligted 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.
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 Africa 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.