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On Sunday night, the football world witnessed one of the most romantic and inspiring stories the game has ever produced. Zambia winning the African Cup of Nations is not only meaningul as an ‘against all odds’ kind of tale, but also because the Chipolopolo achieved their greatest success in their footballing history in the same city where a generation was wiped out nearly two decades before.
Before Sunday’s final, Libreville was signicant to Zambians as the city where one of football’s greatest tragedies occurred with the 1993 Zambian air disaster, a crash which …

Mali secured a third place finish at the African Cup of Nations at the expense of a dissapointing Ghana.
Cheick Tidiane Diabate grabbed two goals either side of a red card to Ghanaian defender Isaac Vorsah, as the Eagles recorded their best finishing position at an ACON for 40 years.
The victory at the Estadio de Bata saw Mali gain revenge on Ghana for their 2-0 defeat during the group stage of the tournament.
Tonight’s win goes some way in soothing the pain endured by the West Africans following their semi-final defeat at the …

Ivory Coast will meet Zambia in the final of the 2012 African Cup of Nations after a 1-0 win over Mali.
Gervinho’s goal just before half-time settled a tight encounter as the pre-tournament favourites reached their first final since 2006.
The Arsenal man sealed the win when he was allowed to run unchallenged from the half-way line, before curling a close range effort into the bottom corner of Soumbeyla Diakite’s goal.
The strike would break Malian hearts, as the Elephant’s strong defence, yet to be breached in the tournament, held firm to deny …

Mali reached the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations after defeating co-hosts Gabon 5-4 on penalties.
Eric Mouloungui had given Gabon the lead before Tidiane Diabate’s late equalizer forced extra-time in Libreville.
Neither side could find a break-through during the allotted 30 minutes, and Mali progressed to the last four after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the vital kick.
The West Africans will now face the Ivory Coast on Wednesday, after The Elephants progressed at the expense of Equatorial Guinea.
The semi-finals will now be without either of the tournament’s hosts following today’s events. It could …

Not many of us know many professional footballers from Mali, as most of us  are expecting Ivory Coast and Ghana to win the African Nations cup, however what can we expect from Mali?
Mali haven’t really shone at the African cup of nations in the last few years, the last two tournaments in 2008 and 2010 they went out in round one, but they have finished 4th 3 times, in 2002,2004 and 1994, and they even finished 2nd in 1972. However although the last few years they haven’t exactly done fantastically …

Mali 3 (Kanoute 1, Keita 4, Bagayoko 86)
Malawi 1 (Mwafulirwa 58)
Mali had enough to see off Malawi 3-1 in Cabina, but failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals as a result of Angola’s controversial scoreless draw with Algeria.
Their elimination will come as a bitter disappointment to coach, Stephen Keshi, and his band of star players, who had targeted the competition’s Final pre-tournament.

Mali prepare for failure

Frederic Kanoute put the Eagles in front in under a minute and Seydou Keita was on the scoresheet moments later as Mali raced …

Mali take on Malawi on Monday knowing only a win will give them a chance of reaching the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals. Thus far, the Eagles have lived up to their perennial underachievers tag. However, a remarkable four goal comeback against Angola and Malawi’s surprising 3-0 thumping of Algeria means they still retain a realistic hope of progression.
Manager, Stephen Keshi, predicted big things pre-tournament, although many would argue apart from a 13-minute, four goal blitz that the Eagles have failed to show up in Angola. Wholesale changes were made …

Mali’s latest away shirt (below) has been released in their opening African Cup of Nations fixture against tournament hosts, Angola.
French manufacturer, Airness, are represented solely at CAF 2010 by the Eagles and have invented a kit that combines Malian pride with the most fashionable and contemporary technology around.
  
The finished article is another modern, yet original, product that will help sustain and further enhance the already blossoming relationship between Mali and Airness. Keeping faith with the traditional white model, the Airness logo can be found stitched central, just below the neck, …

Mali 0
Algeria 1 (Halliche 43)
The Eagles were unable to build on their opening game heroics as they succumbed to a 43rd minute Rafik Halliche strike against Algeria in Cidadela on Thursday.
The match was viewed as an opportunity for Mali to send the World Cup qualifiers home after their horrific first game defeat to Malawi.
However, it was the Desert Foxes who hit back at their critics, leaving all four teams with a chance of qualification in the group’s final set of fixtures this Monday.

Algeria celebrate Hallinche’s winner

Before the game Eagles coach, …

Defensive carnage rescued by resiliency personified would just about sum up Mali’s opening result in this year’s African Cup of Nations. Rescuing a four goal deficit with 11 minutes remaining against Angola may not have been part of coach, Stephen Keshi’s, pre-match prep talk, but at least he knows his team contain a character and ability to go for the jugular when blood is smelt.

Kanoute celebrates comeback

The same may not be said of Algeria coach, Rabah Saadane. The former Yemen manager could only look on as he watched his side …