MON 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , NDOUM STADIUM

1 Guinea
VS
1 Mali

Guinea, Mali still hopeful of semifinal progression

Guinea, Mali still hopeful of semifinal progression
Moussa Coulibaly (8) and lassana Samake of Mali challenged by Moses Eneji Peter of Nigeria during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Mali and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 14 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 18:31

Guinea and Mali will meet in their final 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Group A match on Monday evening, with both teams still hopeful of progressing into the semifinals.

The Syli Nationale and the Eagles will clash at Nduom Sports Stadium, kick-off at 18h00 local time.

Guinea come into their final group match off the back of a goalless draw with Nigeria on Saturday, a result which left them at the bottom of the standings on one point. Yet Mali are placed above their upcoming opponents on goal difference only, as they were beaten 1-0 by hosts Ghana in their last game.

This leaves both teams with a mathematical chance of joining Ghana in the last four, but their fate will rest on the other group match between the Black Stars and Nigeria which will be played concurrently at Cape Coast: a win for the Super Eagles will eliminate both Guinea and Mali regardless.

Yet a draw or win for the hosts opens the door for either the Syli Nationale or Eagles to progress. However, they will both need to show far more endeavour and energy if they are to earn a spot in the semifinals.

Guinea and Mali have met in 39 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Syli Nationale have claimed 12 wins - compared to 10 for the Eagles - and both sides have scored 43 goals in the rivalry.

Guinea v Mali, head-to-head

Matches played 39
Guinea wins 12
Mali wins 10
Draws 17
Guinea goals 43
Mali goals 43

Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw

Guinea, Mali exit WAFU after 1-1 draw
Oumar Kida of Mali challenging Sylla Ismael of Guinea during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Guinea v Mali in Elmina, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 18, 2017. 21:57

Guinea and Mali both exited the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after playing to a 1-1 draw in their final group stage match at Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina on Monday evening.

With Nigeria having beaten Ghana in a concurrent Group A match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium to join the hosts in the semifinals, the result between the Syli Nationale and the Eagles was nothing more than academic.

Guinea started the stronger of the two teams and claimed the lead in the seventh minute through Abdoulaye Naby Camara , who netted from close range after some poor defending by the Eagles.

Mali responded strongly to going behind and mounted some promising attacks, yet it was the Syli Nationale who should have added to the score line in the 22nd minute when Abdoulaye met a cross from Diallo Bailo, only to send his header wide.

Two minutes later Guinea’s Camara Kassory sent a fierce shot on target, only to be denied by a sharp save from Diarra Djigui, while on 34 minutes Abdoulaye again failed to hit the target from a good opportunity.

Mali created the final chance of the half a couple of minutes before the end of regulation time, but Mandala Konte saw his effort kept out by Guinea goalkeeper Abdoulaye Sylla.

The Eagles picked up in the second half where they left off in the first, though both Oumar Kida and Issaka Samake were unable to capitalise on chances in the opening minutes.

Guinea weathered a storm from their opponents before almost adding to their advantage just past the hour mark, as Mohammed N’Diaye put his shot just wide of the target.

Mali finally found their equaliser in the 78th minute, forcing Guinea defender Abdoulaye Naby Camara to put into his own net and bring the score to 1-1.

The draw saw the Eagles finish third with two points and a goal difference of minus one, while Guinea were last with the same tally but an inferior goal difference of minus two.

Guinea (1) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 7’)
Mali (0) 1 (Abdoulaye Naby Camara 78’ og)

Guinea coach: Hamidou Camara

Guinea: 1. A Sylla, 2. C Alseny, 5. C Aminata, 4. C Naby, 6. C Moussa, 3. I Sylla, 8. C Abdoulaye, 10. C Seydouba (7. C Sory 26’ [11. K Keita 90+1’]), 12. M Ndiaye (13. J Mouste 84’’), 9. C Kassory, 18. D Bailo

Mali coach: Nouhoum Diane

Mali: 16. D Djigui, 3. B Koffi, 4. S Boubacar, 6. M Konte, 13. I Samake, 14. L Samake, 11. M Kone (7. A Malle 58’), 8. C Moussa, 17. M Traore, 9. O Kida (12. M Balo 69’), 18. A Dieng (2. EH Salime Bah 38’)

Starting Lineup

Guinea : Abdoulaye Sylla, Abdoulaye Camara, Ismael Sylla, Mohamed Ndiaye, Alseny Camara, Moussa Cisse, Saidouba Bissiry Camara, Ibrahima Kassor Camara, Abdoulaye Naby Camara, Mamoudou Bailo Diallo, Ibrahima Aminata Conde

Mali : Djigui Diarra, Moussa Coulibaly, Issaka Samake, Lassana Samake, Aliou Dieng, Mandala Konte, Ba Koffi Ouattara, Boubacar Samassekou, Moussa Kone, Oumar Kida, Mohamed Traore

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
7' Abdoulaye Camara (Guinea) scores!
26' Guinea: Ibrahima Sory Camara replaces Saidouba Bissiry Camara
38' Mali: Salime El Hadji Bah replaces Aliou Dieng
45 + 2' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
54' Mousa Balo (Mali) is cautioned.
58' Mali: Amara Malle replaces Moussa Kone
61' Oumar Kida (Mali) is cautioned.
69' Mali: Mousa Balo replaces Oumar Kida
71' Ibrahima Kassor Camara (Guinea) is cautioned.
73' Issaka Samake (Mali) is cautioned.
78' Abdoulaye Naby Camara (Guinea) scores an own goal.
84' Guinea: Jean Mouste replaces Mohamed Ndiaye
90 + 1' Guinea: Moussa Kenedy Keita replaces Ibrahima Sory Camara
90 + 4' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE NDOUM STADIUM
GUINEA GOALS MALI GOALS
8. Abdoulaye Camara (7') 4. Abdoulaye Naby Camara (78') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
GUINEA STARTING LINEUP MALI STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
Midfielder
7'
8
Defender
73'
13
Midfielder
2
Defender
8
Midfielder
71'
9
Midfielder
38'
18
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
3
Midfielder
84'
12
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
26'
10
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
78'
4
Midfielder
58'
11
Forward/Striker
5
Midfielder
61'
69'
9
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ibrahima Sory Camara
Forward/Striker
26'
7
Salime El Hadji Bah
Midfielder
38'
0
Jean Mouste
Midfielder
84'
19
Amara Malle
Midfielder
58'
0
Moussa Kenedy Keita
Midfielder
90 + 1'
0
Mousa Balo
Midfielder
69'
0
CARDS
Ibrahima Kassor Camara
Midfielder
71'
9
Mousa Balo
Midfielder
54'
0
Oumar Kida
Midfielder
61'
9
Issaka Samake
Defender
73'
13
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