Mali bang home three goals but fail to qualify

January 22nd, 2010 by seanbhoy

Mali 3 (Kanoute 1, Keita 4, Bagayoko 86)
Malawi 1 (Mwafulirwa 58)
Mali had enough to see off Malawi 3-1 in Cabina, but failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals as a result of Angola’s controversial scoreless draw with Algeria.
Their elimination will come as a bitter disappointment to coach, Stephen Keshi, and his band [...]

D-Day for Mali and Keshi

January 17th, 2010 by seanbhoy

Mali take on Malawi on Monday knowing only a win will give them a chance of reaching the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals. Thus far, the Eagles have lived up to their perennial underachievers tag. However, a remarkable four goal comeback against Angola and Malawi’s surprising 3-0 thumping of Algeria means they still retain a [...]

Mali away shirt 2010

January 17th, 2010 by seanbhoy

Mali’s latest away shirt (below) has been released in their opening African Cup of Nations fixture against tournament hosts, Angola.
French manufacturer, Airness, are represented solely at CAF 2010 by the Eagles and have invented a kit that combines Malian pride with the most fashionable and contemporary technology around.
The finished article is another modern, yet original, [...]

Desert Fox downs Mali to set up four team showdown

January 16th, 2010 by seanbhoy

Mali 0
Algeria 1 (Halliche 43)
The Eagles were unable to build on their opening game heroics as they succumbed to a 43rd minute Rafik Halliche strike against Algeria in Cidadela on Thursday.
The match was viewed as an opportunity for Mali to send the World Cup qualifiers home after their horrific first game defeat to Malawi.
However, it [...]

Can Mali outsmart the Desert Fox?

January 14th, 2010 by seanbhoy

Defensive carnage rescued by resiliency personified would just about sum up Mali’s opening result in this year’s African Cup of Nations. Rescuing a four goal deficit with 11 minutes remaining against Angola may not have been part of coach, Stephen Keshi’s, pre-match prep talk, but at least he knows his team contain a character and [...]

Late Mali ambush Angola in eight goal thriller

January 12th, 2010 by seanbhoy

“And the cry was no defenders” as Mali launched a 13 minute goal avalanche that hijacked Angola’s seemingly unassailable lead and sparked mass celebration amongst the Eagles faithful.
Injury time strikes from Seydou Keita and Mustapha Yatabare helped Mali restore parity from four goals down and record possibly the most remarkable recovery in modern day international [...]

Mali home shirt 2010

January 11th, 2010 by seanbhoy

The Eagles will compete at this years African Cup of Nations in Angola in their traditional home green shirt. French manufacturers, Airness, have designed an elegant and contemporary dark green kit that Mali will use in their group games and hopefully beyond this January.
With the colours of the national flag embroiled across the chest and [...]

Angola v Mali – Match preview

January 10th, 2010 by seanbhoy

After a traumatic number of days the African Cup of Nations kicks off in Luanda this evening with the validity of the competition still under the microscope after an organised ambush on Togolese players. Hosts, Angola, take on Mali in what could well prove a decisive fixture in who progresses to the knockout phase. However, [...]

Mali – can the Eagles spread their wings?

January 9th, 2010 by seanbhoy

If you scroll through Mali’s squad for the African Cup of Nations no prizes will be given for guessing on which individual’s shoulders success will hinge. Despite a large contingent of European based players, only a handful can lay claim to being genuine household names. The Eagles are often criticised for their failure to balance [...]

Malian magic required to progress from tough group

January 6th, 2010 by seanbhoy

As the football world prepares to descend on Africa this year the continent must first deal with old flagship event, the African Cup of Nations. With the tournament less than a week away we take a look at Mali in their bid to ditch the historic underachievers tag and claim their inaugural title in Angola.

Landlocked [...]