MATCH CENTRE

WED 27 JANUARY 2016, 16:00, KIGALI

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Mali & Zambia advance after goalless draw

by BackPageTXT

Wed January 27, 18:02

Mali and Zambia played to a goalless draw in the final 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Group D clash at Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali on Wednesday afternoon.

Zambia's Chipolopolo went into the game having already booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2016 CHAN.

The Eagles of Mali were looking for either a victory or draw in order to advance to the knockout stages of the continental competition.

The first shot at goal went to Eagles full-back Lassana Samake just three minutes into the game, but his effort sailed wide of the target.

Zambia goalkeeper Jacob Banda was called into action eight minutes later when he gathered Diarra Sekou's attempt from a free-kick.

In the 13th minute, Christopher Munthali connected with Zambia captain Christopher Katongo's corner-kick, but Mali cleared the ball away.

The first shot on target finally came in the 28th minute when Mali midfielder Aliou Dieng unleashed a powerful shot from range and Banda made a great save.

The Eagles of Mali continued to try their luck from range. In the 36th minute, Lassana Samake's thunderous low shot from range was parried away by Banda.

Chipolopolo launched a few attacks towards the break. Mali defender Assoko Marius received the first booking after fouling Spencer Sautu seven minutes before the interval.

A quiet second-half followed as the two teams struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities and they could not maintain possession in the final third.

In the 66th minute Zambia, who had no shot on target, decided to pull out Solomon Sakala for Buchiza Mfune as they looked to test Mali keeper Djigui Diarra.

Mali's targetman Hamidou Sinayoko turned and unleashed a shot from just inside the Zambia area ten minutes later, and it sailed wide of the target.

Nevertheless, Mali and Zambia drew 0-0 and the two teams shared the spoils. Both nations advanced to the knockout stages.

Group D winners Zambia will take on Group C runners-up Guinea, while Group D runners-up Mali clash with Group C winners Tunisia in the quarterfinals.

The matches will be played this weekend.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
ZAMBIA MALI
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
161
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
3
Defender
6
Defender
15
Defender
2
Defender
2
Defender
18
5
Defender
14
Defender
19
Defender
13
Defender
23
Midfielder
8
13
Midfielder
3
Defender
4
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
20
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
12
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
21
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
7
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