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“And the cry was no defenders” as Mali launched a 13 minute goal avalanche that hijacked Angola’s seemingly unassailable lead and sparked mass celebration amongst the Eagles faithful.
Injury time strikes from Seydou Keita and Mustapha Yatabare helped Mali restore parity from four goals down and record possibly the most remarkable recovery in modern day international football.

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The tournament began amongst a sombre atmosphere after the events that led to Togo’s withdrawal. However, the hosts started the match brightly until they were forced into an early substitution, with Djalma Campos replacing …

The Eagles will compete at this years African Cup of Nations in Angola in their traditional home green shirt. French manufacturers, Airness, have designed an elegant and contemporary dark green kit that Mali will use in their group games and hopefully beyond this January.
With the colours of the national flag embroiled across the chest and the Malian crest in the top left corner, the players will be left in no doubt of their identity when competing in Angola.
The manufacturer’s logo is stitched central, just below the collar and again on …

After a traumatic number of days the African Cup of Nations kicks off in Luanda this evening with the validity of the competition still under the microscope after an organised ambush on Togolese players. Hosts, Angola, take on Mali in what could well prove a decisive fixture in who progresses to the knockout phase. However, fatal events off the park have added enhanced significance to security and affected the glamour of Angola’s inaugural hosting of the event.

Prior to the attack on the Togolese, Mali would have viewed this as a …

If you scroll through Mali’s squad for the African Cup of Nations no prizes will be given for guessing on which individual’s shoulders success will hinge. Despite a large contingent of European based players, only a handful can lay claim to being genuine household names. The Eagles are often criticised for their failure to balance their less-established players with star names. Once again, this factor could prove decisive in deciding whether Mali triumph or falter. However, without their star attractions the Eagles title bid would be laughed out the door, …

As the football world prepares to descend on Africa this year the continent must first deal with old flagship event, the African Cup of Nations. With the tournament less than a week away we take a look at Mali in their bid to ditch the historic underachievers tag and claim their inaugural title in Angola.

Landlocked in Western Africa, Mali is the seventh biggest country on the continent with a population of around 13 million people. A former French colony until independence in 1959 the country motto is one the national …