Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Kenya will be aiming to get their revenge on Mali for a massive 5-0 loss in Agadir when the two teams face each other at Nyayo National Stadium. The Harambee Stars aim to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive, but the bookies see them as underdogs in Sunday’s clash. Both Juma and Onyango Odhiambo are likely to drop to the bench, with Zakayo and Abdallah pushing for a start.
Les Aigles, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in Group E, and they should take advantage of Kenya’s shaky defence. A man to watch in the away team will be Sarpsborg attacker Ibrahima Kone, who scored a hat-trick in the crushing of Kenya at Stade Adrar. Even though Metz defender Kiki Kouyate is sidelined through injury, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the in-form visitors.
Highlighted Player (Victor Wanyama):
Over the years Victory Wanyama has established himself as one of the best Kenyan footballers. Wanyama started his senior career at Belgian club Beerschot and after scoring 2 goals in 51 appearances in the league for de Ratten, he moved to Celtic in 2011.
The defensive midfielder, who is very strong in the tackle, decided to leave the Hoops in 2013, signing a deal with Premier League side Southampton for a fee of £12.5 million.During his spell at St. Mary’s Stadium Victory Wanyama established himself as a first-team regular at Southampton and thanks to his thrilling displays with the Saints, Tottenham Hotspur chiefs made a tempting offer for the Kenya international.
In 2016 Wanyama signed a four-year deal with the capital club and he has been playing for Spurs ever since. The Tottenham midfielder was born in Nairobi on June 25, 1991 and he made his international debut for the Kenya national team in a friendly against Nigeria in May, 2007.
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.