SUN 21 MAY 2017, 18:00


Mali make a statement on their way to U17 Afcon semifinals

by Brian Lee

Sun May 21, 22:13

Mali cemented their place in the semifinals of the 2017 U17 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Angola 6-1 in a Group B match at the Stade de l’Amitié Sino in Libreville on Sunday night.

The win sees Mali top Group B with seven points from three matches after previously beating Niger 2-1 and a goalless draw against Tanzania.

Angola, on the other hand, exit in the tournament in disappointing fashion and at the bottom of Group B with only a single point to their name thanks to a 2-2 draw against Niger.

Mali made their intentions clear early on and opened the scoring in the second minute courtesy of a strike from Seme Camara, 1-0.

Mali then doubled their lead in the 14th minute after some good work in the middle of the park resulted in Hadji Drame finding the back of the net, 2-0.

Mali confirmed their dominance over Angola four minutes before half time when Lassana N’Diaye scored the third goal of the game, 3-0.

The second half started a little slowly, but Mali soon found their footing and scored their fourth goal in the 74th minute courtesy of Hadji Drame, his second of the game making it 4-0.

Lassana N’Diaye also scored his second goal of the game in the 77th minute to confirm Mali’s superiority on the night, 5-0.

The icing on the cake was Mali’s sixth goal in the 80th minute, 6-0.

Angola threw players forward in the final few minutes in search of some consolation and were able to find a goal in the 84th minute but it was too little too late, 6-1.

Mali will now take on Guinea, who finished second in Group A, in the U17 Afcon semifinals on Wednesday, May 24

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