Mali’s Eagles soar against Bafana


Missed chances in the first half in particular hurt South Africa in its opening game of the Africa Cup against Mali.

Bafana Bafana lost the clash 2-0 against the Eagles at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in the Ivory Coast.

Hamari Traore and Lassine Sinayoko scored Mali’s two goals within six minutes of each other to ensure that South Africa currently hold the wooden spoon in Group E of the tournament.

In addition, Percy Tau’s penalty attempt in the 18th minute also failed to find the back of the net.

Tau had another chance to score Bafana’s first goal a few minutes later, but then Mali’s Djigui Diarra was in the way.

According to coach Hugo Broos, the Bafana players just didn’t have enough muscle power in the second half to deal with a strong team like Mali.

“We lost the match for two reasons: Firstly, the missed penalty chance and secondly, we were not up to Mali’s physical attack after half-time.

“The team played good football, but in the end it wasn’t good enough,” said Broos.

South Africa plays against Namibia on Sunday and the players can only prepare for a tough battle: The neighboring team beat Tunisia 1-0.

“We will simply have to win against Namibia. Even a draw is not going to be good enough and it will make our way to the next round very difficult.”

  • Goals:

Mali: Hamari Traore (60th minute) and Lassine Sinayoko (66th minute)

  • Scoring (Group E):
  1. Mali: 3 points
  2. Namibia: 3 points
  3. Tunisia: no points
  4. South Africa: no points