Mali legend Freddie Kanoute wants football rivalry to grow

Mali legend Freddie Kanoute wants football rivalry to grow
Caf ambassadors Mohamed Aboutrika (L) and Frederick Kanoute (R)

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Mar 12, 2018. 12:00

Ex-Mali striker Freddie Kanoute believes the country’s football must be revived for them to become one of the best in the continent.

Kanoute has called for the development of football leagues and that will give more opportunities for players.

His call comes after FIFA took over the Malian Football Federation after a normalisation committee was appointed.

However, Kanoute said a restructuring is needed for Mali to qualify for the 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations.

"Obviously we have to reshape Malian football and the Malian organisation," Kanoute told BBC Sport.

“As I said, develop the leagues, it gives more opportunities to more talented players in Africa, more platforms for them, more exposure and more opportunities of jobs

"There was a crisis in the federation, and we have to reshape football.

"I would say personally of course, we want to be qualified in all the competitions but the most important thing is to really see the long term.

"If we went through this crisis, we have to believe it is for a reason and so it also has to be an opportunity to change many, many things and to develop football from the bottom up in Mali to make sure that we have sustainable and successful football."

The Eagles are in Group C of qualifiers together with Burundi, Gabon and South Sudan.

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