Mali look to take charge of Group E

Mali look to take charge of Group E
Mali players during a training session

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 05, 2021. 13:00

Mali will look to take charge of Group E in Africa’s 2022 World Cup Qualifiers when they face hosts Uganda at St Mary’s Stadium-Kitende in Entebbe on the afternoon of Monday 6 September 2021, with kick-off at 15:00 CAT.

Mali lead the way in the group standings after claiming a 1-0 ‘home’ win over Rwanda in Agadir, Morocco last Wednesday night. Adama Traore scored the only goal of the game as the Eagles began their quest for a first World Cup appearance on a victorious note.

“It is only the beginning but we can be satisfied with this performance,” said Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba. “We will now aim for a positive result in our next match.”

Uganda opened their campaign with a resilient showing by holding East African derby rivals Kenya 0-0 in Nairobi.

The Cranes put in a workmanlike performance against the Harambee Stars, but will need to up their game – especially in an attacking sense – if they are to get the better of their visitors come Monday afternoon.

“When we take on Mali, we need an improved performance and result from the Kenya game. It is a motivation from the game we played on Thursday,” said Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.

In head-to-head stats, Uganda and Mali have met in four matches across all competitions and friendlies since their first recorded clash back in 1965. The Eagles boast an unbeaten record, with two wins and two draws.

The teams’ most recent meeting was a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group stage match in Gabon which ended 1-1 after goals from Farouk Miya and Yves Bissouma.

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