Register Login Scores


Keita Secures Victory For Mali

Seydou Keita scored with six minutes to go as Mali grabbed a 1-0 win over Niger in their opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Niger enjoyed he first chance of the game 10 minutes in when Fatoghoma Kourouma tried to turn a volley home after Mali goalkeeper Mahamadou Samassa had missed a corner.

Five minutes later Sigamary Diarra sent his effort over at the other end before Mahamadou N'Diay nodded the ball just wide from a corner.

The Mali goalkeeper had to pull off a fine double save after his defence had failed to clear in the 22nd minute before Cheick Diarra sent an effort wide with his knee in the 31st minute.

Substitute Mahamadou Samassa sent a shot just wide five minutes into the second period for Mali before Kassaly Daouda had to make a sublime save to deny Keita.

Samassa continued to be a handful and hit the side netting after a determined run while Moussa Maazou nodded over after getting onto the end of a great cross from Boubacar Issoufou.

The intensity had picked up in the final 20 minutes with Keita hitting the bar with a thunderous strike before Mahamane Traore headed just over and Mohamed Soumaila scuffed a shot from a good position.

The decisive moment arrived in the 84th minute when Daouda made a complete mess by spilling the ball under pressure and Keita was on hand to knock it home.

Niger piled everyone forward in the dying minutes but Mali held on to ensure that they took an early lead in Group B.


Top 5

Mohomi: I Wasted Two To Three Years At Sundowns

106 Nov 19, 2020 12:10 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

6 Oct 26, 2020 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Downs’ Intentions Known To Resurgent AmaZulu

19 Nov 19, 2020 08:35 AM in PSL

Players Who Were Caught Age-Cheating

30 Nov 17, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Chiefs Defender Leads List Of Suspensions

5 Nov 19, 2020 01:58 PM in PSL

Rest In Peace Anele Ngcongca!

163 Nov 23, 2020 09:42 AM in PSL

Nurkovic Dazzles As He Shows Off Model SA Bae

12 Nov 23, 2020 04:28 PM in Footballers & Chill

Katsande Buying Meat In His Chiefs Gear Goes Viral

20 Nov 20, 2020 01:30 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Another African Billionaire Eyes Arsenal Takeover

6 Nov 20, 2020 10:35 AM in English Premier League

In Pictures: Pitso Rallies His Troops Ahead Of Crunch Week

13 Nov 19, 2020 11:14 AM in Players Abroad

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

28 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Why Thibedi Has Not Gone Back To Chiefs

16 Nov 19, 2020 12:06 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Pirates V SSU – It Will Be A High-Scoring Affair

12 Nov 19, 2020 02:44 PM in Orlando Pirates