Mali kick-off U17 AFCON title defence against Tanzania

Mali kick-off U17 AFCON title defence against Tanzania

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday May 13, 2017. 21:04

Mali will square off with Tanzania in the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group B game at the Stade de Port-Gentil in Port-Gentil on Monday.

The Eagles had a walkover against Chad in the second-round of the qualifiers, before defeating Ethiopia to book their place in the finals.

Hadji Drame and Sibiry Keita are some of the key players in attack for Mali, who are looking to go on to win their second successive U17 AFCON title having won the 2015 tournament.

Meanwhile, Tanzania qualified for this year's tournament after beating Seychelles, South Africa, while their third round opponents Congo-Brazzaville were disqualified.

Yohana Oscar Mkomola played an important role during the qualifying campaign scoring goals to help the Taifa Stars win matches.

Angola and Niger are also part of Group B and the two sides are set to lock horns at the same venue after the encounter between Mali and Tanzania.

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