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
If this happened in America, this child would rebel by becoming an Ajax fan and they'd film an entire reality show based whlly upon the family dysfunction as a result. As it stands, however, this kid could very well grow up to become this kid. Let's hope there's a ...
Tis the season, which means plenty of footballers getting into the spirit on YouTube - and of all clubs, it always seems as though Manchester City is at the forefront of the holidays. Maybe because they can afford the most gifts? Who knows. John Guidetti is definitely...embracing the spirit. That's being ...
A rehearsal was held for the 2014 World Cup draw taking part on Friday in Bahia, which meant a simulated draw was whipped out of the bowls or hats or whatever the hell they'll use. Judging by that draft draw, there are a lot of federations which won't be sleeping ...
The spate of solid World Cup commercials has begun. Next up is Paolo Rossi's spot for VISA, taking him back to Brazil to remind them of the terror he unleashed in 1982 with a hat trick in Spain. Presumably the next one is a very resigned Roberto Baggio taking heat ...
Adidas launched the official ball for the 2014 World Cup, called the brazuca. Which sounds vaguely like something Kramer and Frank Costanza would've whipped up. They had models and dubstep but not a soul who thought to change the name to something which sounds less like a brassiere for the ...
There has to be someone out there knowing the market for this. Given that it's the global game and not everyone has a global understanding of languages, hacked pronunciations are the norm. Someone should take a cue from Cesar Azpilicueta and get all footballers to pronounce their own names on ...
Nike's whipped up a nice little promo for the World Cup in Brazil featuring the hosts and it's done without green screen. Swear. Highlights include a Ronaldo cameo, little David Luiz, animated David Luiz, and a Lilliputian Bernard. Neymar's there too, but it kind of just looks like someone filmed ...
Occasionally, you might find yourself dreaming of the moment you're offered a contract by a professional football club. Odds are it's never going to happen, which means you're behind a 20 month old Belgian kid named Bryce Brites. FC Racing Boxberg determined he can kick a ball real well for ...
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