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2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Profile- Mali national football team

Published on: 20 June 2019

African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (10) 1972, 1994, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017

Best performance: Runners up 1972

Drawn in Group E with Angola, Mauritania and Tunisia.

Coach: Mohamed Magassouba

Magassouba has been ‘interim coach’ for more than two years since the departure of Alain Giresse but with the national federation in crisis no decision on a permanent appointment has been made.

The 61-year-old from Nara in the north of Mali made his name coaching in the former Zaire where he took Daring Club Motema Pembe to success in the 1994 African Cup Winners’ Cup.

He also coached TP Mazembe and the national team of DR Congo and worked at clubs in Gabon and Senegal.

Key player: Moussa Marega. Age: 28. Forward.

French-born striker Marega scored six goals in successive appearances in the Champions League this season as Porto got to the quarter-finals, a stat that contrasts sharply with just two goals in 18 caps for Mali.

Marega moved to Portugal four years ago after playing in the lower leagues in France and a significant tally of goals for Maritimo, Vitoria Guimaraes and Porto have vastly elevated his profile.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 62

How they qualified: Top placed team in Group C, ahead of Burundi, Gabon and South Sudan.


Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien), Adama Keita (Djoliba), Ibrahim Mounkoro (TP Mazembe Englebert)

Defenders: Mamadou Fofana (Metz), Massadio Haidara (Racing Lens), Youssouf Kone (Lille), Boubacar Kiki Kouyate (Troyes), Falaye Sacko (Vitoria Guimares), Hamari Traore (Stade Rennes), Molla Wague (Nottingham Forest)

Midfielders: Lassana Coulibaly (Glasgow Rangers), Cheick Doucoure (Racing Lens), Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig), Diadie Samassekou (Salzburg), Adama Traore (Cercle Bruges)

Forwards: Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes), Abdoulaye Diaby (Sporting Lisbon), Moussa Djenepo (Standard Liege), Moussa Doumbia (Stade Reims), Sekou Koita (Wolfsberger AC), Moussa Marega (FC Porto), Adama Niane (Charleroi), Adama Traore (Orleans). (Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Peter Rutherford)


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