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Monday, July 6, 2015

Mali Men's National Soccer Team News

July 5, 2015 - Diarra, Kone & Sissoko score in win over Guinea-Bissau
"Ismael Kone and Abdoulaye Sissoko scored in the final 15 minutes to earn Mali a 3-1 home victory over Guinea-Bissau, and a first-round date with Mauritania. Malam Fati put the visitors ahead on the day and on aggregate after a drawn first leg and Boubacar Diarra equalised before half-time." - FIFA

June 20, 2015 - Souleymane Sissoko scores equalizer in draw with Guinea-Bissau
"Guinea-Bissau were held to a 1-1 draw by Mali on Saturday, as the two sides were kicking off their 2016 African Nations Championship qualifying campaign in the zone West A group. Obetchi put the locals ahead after five minutes of play, with Sissoko levelling matters for the Eagles in the 19th minute to send both sides on equal footing into the break. The scoreline remained unchanged until the final whistle following a goalless second half." - African Football

January 28, 2015 - Modibo Maiga scores equalizer in draw with Guinea
"Guinea and Mali's fate will be decided by a draw lots, after they played out to a 1-1 draw in their final Group D clash. Guinea went ahead in the 13th minute, courtesy of a cheecky penalty from Kevin Constant, after Wague was ajudged to have handled the ball in the box.... Mali managed to draw themselves levels shortly after the halftime break, as an un-marked Modibo Maiga headed home at the back post." - Soccer Laduma

January 1, 2015 - Cheick Diabate out four months
Mali striker Cheick Diabate requires a knee operation and will be out for four months, meaning he will miss his country's CAF Africa Cup of Nations bid. Diabate's French club Bordeaux announced on Thursday that the 26-year-old agreed to undergo surgery after a consultation with a specialist in Marseille last month, accepting that it was 'essential for the successful continuation of his career'." - FIFA

December 29, 2014 - AFCON roster named
"Metz forward Modibo Maiga has surprisingly been named in Mali's 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea after missing the entire qualification campaign. The 27-year-old, on loan in Ligue 1 from West Ham United, has not played for his national team in over a year and will not have fond memories of the Nations Cup finals after contracting malaria at the 2012 tournament that was co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Coach Henryk Kasperczak provided few other surprises in his squad, with Bordeaux midfielder Abdou Traore also returning after more than a year out of the national team. Ajaccio goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko can perhaps feel the most aggrieved at missing out, with N'Tji Michel Samake from local side Duguwolofila Mali preferred despite not appearing on the preliminary list of 35 players announced by Kasperczak last week. The team will be captained by veteran Roma midfielder Seydou Keita and also includes Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Bakary Sako." - SuperSport

November 19, 2014 - Seydou Keita scores in win over Algeria
"Algeria have lost 2-0 to Mali away in Bamako, but still ended top of Group B with 15 points as both teams go through to Equatorial Guinea 2015. The result saw Mali end in second place with 9 points followed by Malawi on 7, who drew 0-0 with Ethiopia.... In the 27th minute, a penalty arrived for Mali after Carl Medjani fouled Seydou Keita in the box. Keita opened the score from the spot to show all his experience under pressure.... Six minutes into the second half Mali doubled their advantage when a strike by Mustapha Yatabare was deflected in by Essaid Belkalem." - SuperSport

October 11, 2014 - Abdoulay Diaby & Sambou Yatabaré score in win over Ethiopia
"Goals either side of halftime from Abdoulay Diaby and Sambou Yatabaré handed Mali a hard-fought 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa on Saturday afternoon. Diaby, who is on loan from Lille OSC at Belgian outfit, Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, netted shortly after the half-hour mark to set Mali on their way. Yatabaré added the second on the hour mark as Mali saw out their second win from three group B outings." - Ethiosports

September 7, 2014 - Sacko & Diabate score in win over Malawi
"Mali survived the dismissal of goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa to defeat Malawi 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. France-based Samassa was sent off in the second half in Bamako soon after striker Bakary Sacko from English second-tier club Wolverhampton Wanderers had scored for the Eagles. Another French Ligue 1 footballer, striker Cheick Tidiane Diabate from leaders Bordeaux, assured a home victory with a stoppage-time goal. His strike took Mali to the top of Group B on goal difference from Algeria, who defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in Addis Ababa Saturday." - FIFA

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