Mali have launched an audacious bid to raise over $5m for their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
The Eagles are drawn in Group B alongside Ghana, Niger and Congo DR.
Recent security problems in the West African state have seen the government declare itâ€™s inability to solely finance Maliâ€™s campaign at the tournament that kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.
Maliâ€™s Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with a mobile phone company have thus launched a bid to raise funds to sponsor the team for next yearâ€™s event.
The Government will also use part of the proceeds secured from the initiative to sponsor their U-20 side and basketball team for their respective African championships next year.
There is currently a heated debate in Ghana over an $8m budget proposal to government to sponsor the Black Stars at the 2013 AFCON.
A lot of people have kicked against this budget â€“ believing it is too just too much money to spend on one tournament for a country that is still having challenges with basic necessities such as water.
The initiative being taken by the Malianâ€™s can thus serve as a welcome suggestion to Ghana on how to raise the needed funds to power the Black Stars bid at next yearâ€™s championships.
Both sideâ€™s will battle each other in the second group game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on January 28.