Mali got the better of Tunisia and its goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro made several decisive saves, including a penalty in the 77th minute of play. This is his sixth clean sheet with the Eagles of Mali, since the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. He was elected “Man of match” for the meeting between the Tunisians and Malians, this after -midday, at the Limbé stadium.
« The strength of our team has been solidarity. We joined hands for this collective victory. It is very important to start well. Stopping this penalty gives the team a boost », Declared Ibrahim Mounkoro. The coach of Mali, Mohamed Magassouba, also returned to the end of the incredible match of the Zambian referee, Janny Zikwaze. The latter whistled the end of the match after 89 minutes 47 seconds.
« We wanted to resume to play the remaining minutes but Tunisia did not want to resume, the referee then whistled the end of the match. We demystified the match, we managed with rationality the occupation of the field, the transmissions. Of course the ambition is to get the cup, we say it with humility, wishful thinking “, Said the Malian technician.
Bréhima DIAKITÉ, special envoy to Cameroon