MON 11 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

3 Mali
VS
1 Mauritania

Mali, Mauritania renew their rivalry at WAFU

Mali, Mauritania renew their rivalry at WAFU
Mahamadou Ndiaye of Mali during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Uganda and Mali at the Oyem Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 10:00

Mali and Mauritania will renew their rivalry in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, kick-off at 15h00 local Ghanaian time.

Known by the nickname ‘The Eagles’, Mali will be making their second appearance at the WAFU Cup of Nations, though they have yet to play an official match in the competition.

They were part of the eight-team field for the first tournament in Ivory Coast which was cancelled due to the outbreak of a civil war, while they also made the cut for the 2011 finals in Nigeria before withdrawing.

Known by the nickname ‘Les Mourabitones’, Mauritania will be making their WAFU tournament debut in Ghana 2017.

They were regular participants in the regional Amilcar Cabral Cup (a competition which has effectively been replaced by the WAFU event) and even finished as runners-up in the 1995 edition.

The nations’ locally-based sides are well acquainted of late, having battled over two legs last month in the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship. Mauritania prevailed thanks to a surprise 3-2 aggregate victory.

Mali and Mauritania have met in 30 official international matches, according to FIFA’s statistical database. The Eagles have claimed 18 wins compared to five for Les Mourabitones, and outscored their opponents 60 goals to 23.

The winners of this match will occupy position 2 in Group 1 and face either Guinea or Guinea-Bissau in their opening second round match.

Kone brace steals victory for Mali at death

Kone brace steals victory for Mali at death
Mousa Kone of Mali tackled by Houeibib El Hassen of Mauritania during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Mali and Mauritania at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 11 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 18:59

A brace from Moussa Kone in the dying stages of the match handed Mali a 3-1 win over Mauritania in a Last 16 match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Monday, September 11.

Mali started the better of the two teams and almost took the lead as early as the seventh minute, but Amara Malle saw his stinging volley from the edge of the box brilliantly saved by the Mauritania keeper.

The Eagles continued to push forward and were rewarded for their efforts on the half hour with the game’s first goal.

Mandala Konte opened the scoring after latching onto a 20-yard shot from Mohamed Traore which bounced off the crossbar and into his path – and he made no mistake as he tapped the ball over the line from close range, 1-0.

Mauritania , though, were not going to go down without a fight and hit-back six minutes later when a corner was headed into the path of Samba Cheikh who volleyed home with clinical precision from six-yards out, 1-1.

Mali finished the half the stronger side and almost re-took the lead in the dying seconds of the stanza when a 22-yard thunderbolt from Oumar Kida skimmed the wrong side of the upright.

Five minutes into the second half Moussa Kone should have scored the Eagles second goal when Mandala Konte slipped him through on goal, but he fired wide from six-yards out with just the keeper to beat.

They game fell into a bit of a lull after that with neither side really able to muster any decent goal scoring chances and the match looked to be heading for the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

That was until Moussa Kone stepped up for Mali and handed them victory with two goals in three minutes in the dying stages of the match.

First, in the 88th minute Kone pounced on a loose ball inside the Mauritania box following a goalmouth scramble and fired home from close range, 2-1.

The cherry on top was his second goal and his country’s third in the 91st minute when he broke behind the defence and made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 3-1.

Mali (1) 3 (Konte 30’, Kone 88’+91')
Mauritania (1) 1 (Cheikh 36’)

Teams

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. Diarra, 13. I Samake, 15. I Traore, 4. Samassekou, 14. L Samake, 6. Konte, 17. M Traore (2. Bah 59’), 8. Coulibaly, 7. Malle (18. Dieng 72’), 9. Kida (10. Niangaddou 57’), 11. Kone.

Mauritania coach: Martins Corentin

Mauritania: 1. Souleimane, 2. Mostapha, 3. Hassen (13. Youba 46’), 5. Bilal Sidi Mohamed, 12. Moussa, 8. Djiby (4. Wade Mohamed 62’), 9. Karamokho (7. Moctat 82’), 10. Samba, 14. Bodda, 19. Cheikh, 23. Abdoulaye.

Starting Lineup

Mali : Djigui Diarra, Moussa Coulibaly, Issaka Samake, Amara Malle, Mandala Konte, Boubacar Samassekou, Moussa Kone, Issouf Traore, Oumar Kida, Lassana Samake, Mohamed Traore

Mauritania : Brahim Souleymane, Mostapha El Diaw, Mohamed Bilal Sidi, Bodda Mouhsine, Moussa Baghayoko, Moussa Samba, Cheikh El Voulani Ely, Traore Karamokho, Diop Djiby, Abdoulaye Gaye, Hassen El Houeibib

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
24' Oumar Kida (Mali) is cautioned.
30' Mandala Konte (Mali) scores!
36' Cheikh El Voulani Ely (Mauritania) scores!
45 + 2' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
46' Mauritania: Yoube Zeidane replaces Hassen El Houeibib
47' Moussa Baghayoko (Mauritania) is cautioned.
57' Mali: Goune Niangadou replaces Oumar Kida
59' Mali: Salime El Hadji Bah replaces Mohamed Traore
62' Mauritania: Mohamed Wade replaces Diop Djiby
72' Mali: Aliou Dieng replaces Amara Malle
79' Bodda Mouhsine (Mauritania) is cautioned.
82' Mauritania: Salem El Moctar replaces Traore Karamokho
88' Moussa Kone (Mali) scores!
90 + 1' Moussa Kone (Mali) scores!
90 + 5' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
MALI GOALS MAURITANIA GOALS
Mandala Konte (30') Cheikh El Voulani Ely (36')
Moussa Kone (88')
Moussa Kone (90 + 1')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
MALI STARTING LINEUP MAURITANIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
79'
0
Midfielder
72'
0
Midfielder
36'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
62'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
46'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
30'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
88'
90 + 1'
0
Midfielder
47'
0
Midfielder
24'
57'
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
59'
0
Midfielder
82'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Goune Niangadou
Midfielder
57'
0
Yoube Zeidane
Midfielder
46'
0
Salime El Hadji Bah
Midfielder
59'
0
Mohamed Wade
Defender
62'
0
Aliou Dieng
Midfielder
72'
0
Salem El Moctar
Midfielder
82'
0
CARDS
Oumar Kida
Midfielder
24'
0
Moussa Baghayoko
Midfielder
47'
0
Bodda Mouhsine
Midfielder
79'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury