In the inaugural round of Group E during the 2023 AFCON, Mali takes on South Africa at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Tuesday, January 16th. Both sides are keen to get off to a fast start and establish the foundation for a strong tournament run.
Éric Chelle states that his only concern is that Mali be respected, regardless of whether they win the competition. Mali has respect throughout the continent for both their budding youth football reputation and their prodigious talent pipeline. At the senior level, though, they have neither a FIFA World Cup participation nor a trophy to demonstrate it. Mali’s performance in their last three games has been outstanding. With a fantastic 3-1 victory over Tchad, it got started. After that, they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Central African Republic, and then they defeated Guinea-Bissau 6-2. Yves Bissouma of Tottenham, who has distinguished himself to become a quality Premier League midfielder through his passing and defensive skills, has seen his expectations lifted as a result of their injuries.
It seems like a long time ago, 1996, that Bafana Bafana won their first campaign, but they haven’t performed well in any of the 9 AFCON competitions since. But this time, South Africa exudes a calm assurance. Mamelodi Sundowns, who have won 8 of their previous 10 top-flight titles, are the most dominant team in South African league play during the past ten years, and more than half of the team now plays for them. In their last three games, South Africa’s results were a little bit up and down. With a 2-1 win over Benin, things got started to a nice beginning. However, Rwanda’s 2-0 victory over the Bafana Bafana pulled them back to reality. Last time out, a 0-0 tie with Lesotho was the result. Zakhele Lepasa and Evidence Makgopa of the Orlando Pirates will try to assume the responsibilities of the role. This season, Lepasa is the Orlando Pirates player with the most anticipated goals per match within the South African Premier Division.
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Mali vs South Africa Game Information
- Date: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2024
- Time: 03:00 PM EST
- Location: Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium.
- Mali vs South Africa Live Stream: beIN Sports