Tuesday, January 16
•Burkina Faso 1-0 Mauritania
•Tunisia 0-1 Namibia
•Mali 2-0 South Africa
Wednesday, January 17
•Morocco Vs Tanzania – 8pm
•D.R. Congo Vs Zambia – 11pm
Mali secured a deserved 2-0 victory against South Africa in Tuesday’s Group E opener at the ongoing AFCON in Ivory Coast.
In an eventful start, both teams exchanged attacks before Sekou Koita and Lassine Sinayoko’s goals in the second half sealed Mali’s triumph in Korhogo.
Percy Tau squandered a chance to give Bafana Bafana the lead by blazing a 19th-minute penalty over the bar following VAR’s spot-kick decision.
Mali intensified their offensive efforts in the second half, with Amadou Haidara hitting the crossbar before Hamari Traore bundled in the opener on the hour mark.
Five minutes later, Sinayoko’s low shot through Williams’ legs doubled Mali’s advantage, firmly establishing their control.
Despite a late rally from South Africa, Themba Zwane’s free-kick struck the woodwork as they succumbed to defeat.
This victory propels Mali to the top of Group E, edging out Namibia on goal difference. The impressive performance of players like Yves Bissouma, Amadou Haidara, and Koita suggests Mali possesses the tools for a successful campaign in Cote d’Ivoire.