Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Rwanda will be aiming to put an end to their four-game winless run when they take on Mali in the 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday afternoon. Rwanda are stuck at the bottom of Group E, but their pride will be at stake in their penultimate group game. Yannick Mukunzi is banned for the match due to the accumulation of yellow cards, while both Blaise and Iradukunda are pushing for a start. The Malians, on the other hand, aim to move one step closer to securing automatic qualification for the next year’s showpiece tournament.
The Group E leaders have been impressive at the back in the WC qualifiers, and they have yet to concede in the process. Since Rwanda have netted no more than one goal in Group E, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on under 2.5 goals. Ibrahima Kone, who scored the winner against Kenya, is likely to prove a handful for Rwanda defenders.
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 (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.