Mali Want South Africa Scalp

CHAN Group A

South Africa vs Mali 6pm

Nigeria vs Mozambique 9pm

Lassana Diarra
Lassana Diarra

Mali believe they have what it takes to overcome home side South Africa in their 2014 CHAN Group A clash in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Both sides recorded wins in their opening matches, South Africa defeating Mozambique 3-1 and Mali overcoming Nigeria 2-1.

That means that a win in the second game will give the victor an excellent chance of making the Last 8. And Mali believe they will end up with the win.

“I think that the boys are extremely motivated. They are aware of what lies ahead of them. They need to work even harder and must keep cool-headed after their win over Nigeria. There is a very good atmosphere around the squad.  We are going to approach this game with serenity and focus,” says Mali coach Djibril Dramé.

“South Africa are a great team who deserve respect. They have a group that has lasted for a long time. The Coach knows his players very well and their local football is professional. They are fast with impressive physical abilities.

“We must believe in our chances and be strong in our mind. We will need to go all the way to face the challenge.”

Striker Lassana Diarra says they have already put their excellent win over Nigeria behind them and are refocused on beating Bafana.

“We have already forgotten about the first game. We are actively preparing ourselves against South Africa. We will go into that game serene and with a lot of determination,” Diarra says.

“Each and every game has its own reality. Both the South-Africans and us are preparing the match with a lot of determination. The difference will be made on the pitch.

“We are having a good mind-set. Everyone is having fun and the atmosphere is very cool, and that is important in a group.”


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