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AFCON 2021: Mali vs Equatorial Guinea Preview.

Mali and Equatorial Guinea go head to head at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium in their round of 16 clash on Wednesday January 26 at 8pm. 

Equatorial Guinea looking to go pass this stage since 2015, are looking forward to cause another upset after an impressive group stage performance, while Mali looked an experienced side as they topped their group and will be looking forward to move a step further by clinching a first continental title.

Mali will be impressed with  Their performance during the group stage as they recorded wins over Tunisia and Mauritania, with a draw against Gambia.

They scored four goals and conceded one. Ibrahima Kone scored three goals,  while Massadio Haidara scored one goal.

Though Ibrahima Kone scored three penalties,  he is still the man to lead the Eagles attack on Wednesday.

 

Mali head to the knockout phase with a win in this stage since 2013, when they won South Africa on penalties after extra time.

Big burst for the Malian as Musa Djenepo will be available for selection after missing the last game against Mauritania through suspension.

Adama Traore and Brighton and Hove Albion man Yves Bissouma are also key players for this Mali team.

What coach Magassouba  said during the Press Conference. 

It is true that this competition is of very high standard. We made a very good start against Tunisia,  the bishop engine of African , then hung by Gambia which is also very catchy, tenacious and fast.

Despite that disturbing situation,  they will looking to break the spell when they confront a side they have never lost against in their three previous meetings.

Equatorial Guinea

Meanwhile,  for Equatorial Guinea they are a side capable of creating upset. They had an impressive group stage performance as they recorded 6 points in three games.

Their star players include Esteban who scored against defending champions Algeria,   Pablo Ganet the scorer against Sierra Leone in their last group game.

Also play maker Ivan Salvador could be a threat to this Malian side, with his dripple runs and vision which earned him the man of the match in their last game against the Leone stars.

We could also  see an unchanged back four,  which could see Basilio Ndong, Saul Coco, Estaban Oronzo and Carlos Akapo be maintained in tomorrow’s clash.

What coach Juan Micha Obiang said during the press conference. 

When you qualify for the second round of a competition, you are happy.

We had a great game, we knew the game against Sierra Leone was going to be difficult,  but we prepared accordingly to win the game.

 

 

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