I knew as soon as the draw was made for this final round of African qualifiers that Mali could not afford any missteps seen as they were in a group with arguably Africa’s best side- the Black Stars of Ghana. They would need to hold serve against Benin and Sudan and hope to somehow nip some points away from Ghana in their head-to-head matches. Neither of those things have happened so far and Mali find themselves on the outside looking in. They got off on the wrong foot by drawing with Sudan 1-1 in March and followed that by falling 2-0 to Ghana. A victory back on June 21 against this weekends opponents Benin restored some hope but it’s almost too little, too late.
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West Africa has to choose sides this weekend as the Eagles of Mali will face one of Africa’s most recent World Cup participants, the Black Stars of Ghana. At stake is key positioning in Group D of African qualifiers for South Africa 2010. After a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw with Sudan back ... [read more]
Things are starting to gear up a bit for the final stage of African qualifiers for South Africa 2010. With Mali’s first game in Group D set for March 28 in Sudan, it’s time for a preparatory friendly.
In Paris on Feb. 10 Mali will meet Angola in what should be a good ... [read more]
In case you missed it, there has been some unfortunate injury news from the camp of Real Madrid. This isn’t breaking news anymore (in fact since the injury, Real Madrid has had time to bring in another Diarra to replace the injured one) but I wanted to bring it up in the ... [read more]
Mali’s quest to be the next West African country to earn a surprise World Cup qualification is set to enter it’s final stage where the road will have to go through, drum roll please…West Africa. After Senegal’s exploits in 2002, and Togo’s surprise qualification in 2006 mixed with the good ... [read more]
Well, folks, a post on this Mali blog is long overdue. I have neglected this page for far too long. After being so ramped up and involved during the Africa Cup of Nations, I went into withdrawal and took some time off from posting here and on the Togo page knowing that ... [read more]
Club Football News
Comedy Football 2013 (TVGOLO.com) by GOTW The playlist is a little rough, especially the constant switches after a whole four seconds, but here's nearly a half hour of football folly goodness to see out 2013 from the folks at TVGolo. It's the new age bloopers VHS. Everyone loves bloopers tapes. ...
It might well be the goal of 2013, and in the final days at that. FIFA decided to cash in early on their goal of the year, but perhaps they should reopen voting. This Spanish futsal number from Matamoros is steeped in technique and skill. Plus you get the patented ...
All was fine and well between Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez in the prematch handshake; their first since the Uruguayan began nibbling on Ivanovic during the spring. So that was nice. Bygones, etc. But then during the match, Ivanovic went about doing his job and accidentally kicked Luis in the ...
Every club should do one of the little videos, though for many, it would be significantly more humble and the graphics would be scribbled on scrap paper littered about the club offices. Barcelona's numbers look infinitely more impressive than anyone else's, though the number of beverages sold seems a bit ...
This little girl is a Benfica fan. Under the Christmas tree, her family placed a cruel, cruel joke in the form of a Porto shirt. Her reaction is priceless and leads to the idea that she'll be an excellent disciplinarian as a mother. Thankfully, her family was just playing a ...
If you happened upon Andres Iniesta in a store and didn't know who he was, would you think of him to be one of the world's finest athletes, even for a second? Probably not. In fact of all footballers, he seems closest to the picture of an average man. Sony ...
Lists compiling the top players of the world are typically best left ignored. Not necessarily on the whole, if often, but because there's that one guy in that one slot who just..."Oh my god. Don't even get me started." One of the better lists came in the form of last ...
Suppose it's never too early for some trash talk, though six months ahead of time is quite preemptive. Cristal, a beer of Chile, has sent a frightening message to the Netherlands ahead of their match in the Group of Death in Brazil. Nude girl in a beer commercial quota hit, ...
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