Mali Gain Advantage Despite Defeat to Senegal

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar February 13, 2019 12:23


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Mali Gain Advantage Despite Defeat to Senegal

By Satish Sekar in Maradi © Satish Sekar (February 3rd 2019)


Senegal made an early statement in Group B after chaos descended over Maradi. A floodlight problem led to the second match being postponed. Senegal won 2-0. Dion Lopy and Faly Ndaw scored in the second half after 72 minutes and 90 minutes respectively.

I congratulate Senegal, Mali’s former goalkeeper, and current coach of the Under-20 team, Mahamoutou Kane said.

“We will continue to work to win the last two games and pass the first round because our goal remains the same, which is to qualify for the semi-finals.

The first came after excellent build up play on the right to find Hadji Dramé who pulled it back to Lopy who made no mistake – advantage Senegal. Just two minutes earlier El Bilal Touré had tested Senegal’s keeper Dialy Ndiaye at his near post, and three minutes later Drame saw his fine effort pass just over.

With time running out Ndaw made sure of the points by scoring their second. Nevertheless, difficulties arose.


The postponed second match in the group meant that either the second round would give both Senegal and Mali an extra rest day whatever happened, and perhaps leave both Burkina Faso and Ghana facing a disadvantage, possibly a big one as they will play tomorrow and either play again as scheduled on February 6th or possibly 7th.

Either way they faced a shortened rest period, which would inevitably affect their recovery time.


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CAF have an important decision to make, one that would inevitably put both Burkina Faso and Ghana at a disadvantage. The floodlights were not up to standard, forcing postponement and a further problem. Burkina Faso and Ghana play tomorrow, which will affect recovery periods. Senegal and Mali have an extra day whatever happens. Is that fair?

The obvious solution of postponing both matches until tomorrow but starting earlier seems to have eluded the decision-makers.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar February 13, 2019 12:23