Mali showcased an impressive performance in their Africa Cup of Nations Group E opener, securing a comfortable 2-0 victory over South Africa. Quick-fire goals by Hamari Traore and Lassine Sinayoko within seven minutes after the restart proved decisive. Despite South Africa’s Percy Tau missing a first-half penalty, Mali’s dominant display sets them up for a clash with Tunisia, while Bafana Bafana faces a crucial match against Namibia to keep their knockout hopes alive.
Traore’s tap-in after Sekou Keita’s free-kick hit the woodwork and Sinayoko’s clinical finish highlighted Mali’s attacking prowess. The win extends Mali’s impressive record of never losing an opening game in the tournament and puts them in contention for an early spot in the knockout stages.
Mali’s well-supported performance at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, backed by the home crowd, showcased their potential as they aim for success in the 13th attempt to win the Africa Cup of Nations. Lassine Sinayoko earned the title of Player of the Match, displaying confidence and a goal-scoring prowess that contributed to Mali’s victory.
In other Group E action, Namibia made history with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia, setting the stage for an exciting and unpredictable Africa Cup of Nations tournament.