Mali off to winning start with narrow victory over Rwanda

Mali off to winning start with narrow victory over Rwanda
Mali Team Picture during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Mali and Rwanda

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Sep 01, 2021. 23:40

Mali got their CAF second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign off to a positive start with a 1-0 win over Rwanda at Stade d’Agadir in Morocco on Wednesday.

The match took place in Agadir as Mali don’t currently have a stadium that fulfils the required standards to host international matches.

Les Aigles started the game like a house on fire and shortly after having a goal chalked off, the hosts were awarded a spot-kick. Moussa Djenepo stepped up but had his 18th minute attempt saved by Amavubi goalkeeper Emery Mvuyekure.

It mattered little, though, as a minute later Mali hit the front through Moldova-based Adama Traore who recently played an integral part in helping FC Sheriff Tiraspol qualify for this season’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

His strike proved to be the difference on the night as Mali climbed top of Group E.

Next up for them is a trip to Uganda to take on the Cranes this coming Monday while Rwanda host Kenya in Kigali on Sunday.

Mali (1) 1 (Adama Traore 19′) 

Rwanda (0) 0


Mali: Mounkoro; H.Traore, Sacko, C. Traore, Kouyate, L. Coulibaly, Haidara (N.Traore 83′), Dieng (C. Doucoure 55′), Djenepo (Doumbia 65′), A. Traore, Kone (M Doucoure 65′).

Rwanda: Mvuyekure; Nirisarike, Omborenga, Ngwabije (Byiringiro 30′), Rwatubyaye, Imanishimwe, Bizimana, Mukunzi (O.Niyonzima 46′), Hakizimana (H.Niyonzima 46′), Tuyisenge, Kagere.

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