Cranes best chance came in the 27th minute,Miya tried a long range effort,but it went wide with Mali goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko off his line. Hassan, Miya Mali: Sissoko, T. Forward Kalifa Coulibaly could also be included if they opt to roll the dice and go for the win they need. Uganda have failed to score in 7 of their last 9 internationals and have lost all of their last 4 games against African opposition to nil. The first five minutes saw both sides struggling to string their short passes togerher due to wet surface,but the Eagles enjoyed the possesion. Mali had their first attempt on 15th minute when Moussa Marega penentrated the defence,shooting from a tight angle but his attempt hit the side of the net.
Of the two sides Mali have a little more quality than Uganda. With both sides yet to score at the tournament it promises to be a low-scoring contest but Mali have a few players capable of making things happen, not least Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako, who should get more time on the ball in this match. . There could be other changes too as Mali look to improve their goal threat. With one minute to go,Yatabare received a long pass from deep in the midfield, his idea was good,but was let down by his execution as the ball went over the cross bar. Mali finished with two points and Uganda one points. The sides had rarely met prior to that.
Uganda: Odongkara, Ochaya, Kizito, Juuko, Iguma, Aucho, L. Mali, five-times semi-finalists and once runners-up, quickly replied when 20-year-old Yves Bissouma scored with an even more impressive effort, a 30-metre free kick which flew into the net and left Robert Odongkara rooted to the spot. The result made Mali get knocked out of the tournament as the Ali Giresse coached side needed a win to have a chance of making the last eight,but would have been eliminated anway because of Egypt victory over Ghana. Mali controlled rest of the first half but failed to utilize their chances as the score remained 0-0 at half time. The match, played in front of a sparse crowd which has become an unfortunate feature of the tournament. Mali are still alive, but only just and must win this game and hope Ghana do them a big favour by beating Egypt in the other fixture. Cranes took a deserved lead when Farouk Miya collected ball just outside the area and fired a rising shot into the top corner.
Egypt topped the group with seven points after their 1-0 win over Ghana on Wednesday, while the Black Stars were second with six points. The game finished 2-2, although only featured domestic-based players. Powerful attacking midfielder Tony Mawejje could be a key man for them here. In the second half,Mali showed some urgency but it was Cranes who brought to life the match after 70 minutes of dismal football on a shocking surface. Mali have won 8 of their last 15 matches, losing just 4. . .
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