MATCH CENTRE

FRI 12 OCTOBER 2018, 21:00, BAMAKO

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Burundi hold Mali to 0-0 draw

by Staff Reporter

Fri October 12, 23:07

Mali were held to a goalless draw by Burundi in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako on Friday evening.

In a game of few chances, the Swallows stood firm in defence from start to finish to earn a hard fought point in the Malian capital despite conceding a late penalty.

There were few and far chances throughout, but the Eagles looked sure to grab all three points in the dying embers of the game following a contentious decision by the referee.

Abdoulay Diaby stepped up from 12 yards, but miscued his effort as Burundi held on for a point against all odds.

Mali continue to lead the way in Group C with seven points from three games, following victories over Gabon and South Sudan in their opening two qualifiers.

Burundi hold onto second spot ahead of the reverse fixture in Bujumbura on Tuesday.

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