Our football match prediction:
Gabon and Mali, the two teams who have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, face each other at Stade de Franceville in their last group game. The two teams failed to qualify for the next year’s tournament in Russia, but, no doubt, they want to give fans some cheer. Gabon did well to beat Ivory Coast on the road in September, but they eventually failed to book their place at the World Cup finals. A man to watch in the home team will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and it has to be noted that Premier League ace Mario Lemina misses Saturday’s football match against Mali with injury. Anyhow, seeing that the visitors failed to score in previous four games in all competitions, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in their last game of the process. Mali defeated Gabon 2-1 in Bamako earlier this year, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Guélor Kanga):
Over the years Guelor Kanga has established himself as one of the best players in the Serbian Super League. The Gabon international has been playing the key role in Crvena Zvezda ever since he joined the club in the summer of 2016 and he helped the Serbian side book their place in the 2017/2018 Europa League group stages. Kanga scored a wonder goal in the Europa League play-offs, return leg, against Krasnodar and, as a result, he has become the fans’ favourite. The pacey midfielder started his senior career at Mangasport and he played for the likes of Missile, Mounana and Rostov as well before joining Crvena Zvezda. Kanga is well known for his brilliant passes and his technique is marvelous as well. The Crvena Zvezda midfielder represented Gabon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and he played for his homeland at the 2017 tournament as well. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger 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 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.