Register Login Scores


Starting XI: Mali v Nigeria

African Nations Championship

Teams: Mali v Nigeria

Date: 11 January 2014

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

Mali will hope to get the better of Nigeria in their opening Group A encounter at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

Mali will be making their second appearance in the competition, after competing in Sudan back in 2011.

The Malian Eagles will be looking to the likes of Goalkeeper Soumbeila Diakate, who has notched up 34 caps for his country, as well Adama Traore and Ousmane Keita.

Nigeria will be making their debut in the tournament after failing to qualify for the previous two tournaments.

Stephen Keshi can rely on the likes of Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe and Benjiman Francis, who have all been capped by Nigeria at senior level.

While striker Ejike Uzoenyi, who was part of the Super Eagles African Cup of Nations winning squad, will look to get amongst the goals for the West African side. 

However, Keshi was dealt a blow when influential midfielder Sunday Mba and U17 World Cup star Kelechi Iheanacho both left the Nigerian training camp to pursuit deals in Europe, which automatically ruled them out for selection.

This is how they line up:

Mali:  Souleymane Konate, Ibourahima Sidibe, Ousmane Keita, Mahamadou Traore, Abdoulaye Sissoko, Cheick Doumbia, Lassana Diarra, Adama Traore, Issaka Samake, Soumalia Diakite, Yaya Samake

Nigeria: Chigoze Agbim, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis, Uzochukwu Ugonna, Odunlami Kunle, Egwuekwe Azubuike, Ejike Uzoenyi, Ali Rabiu, Ibrahim Abubakar, Hillary, Ede Ifeanyi

Impressive Mali Down Nigeria

Starting XI: Mali v Nigeria

Starting XI: Nigeria V Mozambique


Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

249 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

46 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

44 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

30 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Exclusive: Zungu Update, Agent Comments On Chiefs Link

83 Jul 28, 2021 03:09 PM in Players Abroad

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

46 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

CBL: Two Surprise Inclusions For Chiefs

123 Jul 29, 2021 01:01 PM in Soweto Derby

Amakhosi New Boy Enters Naturena Drip Fold

25 Jul 30, 2021 01:00 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Pitso Targeting Chiefs Starlet?

81 Jul 29, 2021 11:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates