Yamodou Toure of Guinea celebrates goal with teammates during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Guinea and Egypt at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Friday Mar 03, 2017. 11:30
Mali will have to fight for a win at all costs when they meet Guinea in their U20 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final, Group A match on Saturday.
The Young Eagles will have to find their confidence and ensure they claim their first win in the junior tournament.
Ba Baye's men drew 0-0 against Egypt in their opening match and succumbed to a demolishing 6-1 defeat against hosts Zambia.
Sitting at number four on the log table, they will have to fight to bag a win with a big score to try and reach the semifinals.
"We were over excited when we scored the first goal and within a short period we conceded three goals,” said Baye.
“For sure all the departments did not work and everything just collapsed. Nothing worked for us. It is the first time that Mali has been humiliated in this manner.
“I can say that there are some great coaches who have also gone through what we have gone through, and there are great teams in the world who have gone through what we have gone through but the most important for us is to focus on the next game.
“We will go and sit down and reflect about the game because definitely we accept everything was out of order. We could not get anything right that is something that we need to reflect on.”
On the other hand, the Young Syli Nationale will also target a victory to ensure they add to their one point on the log standings.
They lost their opening game to the hosts, but earned a point against Egypt.
Occupying the third spot with one point next to their name means their primary target is to win and revive their hopes of a semifinal spot.
However, they have to ensure they win and hope Egypt lose to Beston Chambeshi's men in the other group match.
The match will be staged at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium at 15:00 on Saturday.