In an international friendly match played last Wednesday (November 16, 2022) at the Olympic Stadium in Oran (in northwestern Algeria), Mali held Algeria to a draw 1-1 (1-0 at halftime for the host country). A life-size test disputed by Eric Sékou Chelle without many executives of his selection like Adama Traoré “Malouda”, Mohamed Camara, Moussa Djénépo, Yves Bissouma…
It took a first Malian alert to give the game some allure, especially in the first half during which the mobility of the Eagles of Mali prevented the Fennecs from really developing their football. Nevertheless, it was the Algerians who opened the scoring in stoppage time in the first period (48th minute) on a penalty converted by Riyad Mahrez.
A goal that fortunately did not dampen the morale of Eric Chelle’s proteges who brought in Falaye Sacko in place of captain Hamari Traoré a few minutes after the restart. Coaching winner since, on his first ball, Falaye crossed for Massadio who equalized in the 58th minute of the game. This equalizer from the Eagles visibly reduced the ardor of the Fennecs who subsequently struggled to be dangerous.
On the contrary, it was the Malians who were more enterprising even if they were clumsy in finishing. The match therefore ended with this score of 1-1 everywhere! If for many observers this meeting was the first real text for the new coach of the Eagles of Mali, Eric Sékou Chelle, we can say that he succeeded! And with a very revamped national selection. His coaching paid off. And the score could have been different in favor of the Eagles if they had not lacked a real playmaker. In any case, the review of the troop was undoubtedly rich in lessons for the technical supervision!
THE EAGLES FACING ALGERIA: Ismaël Diawara, Boubacar Kiki Kouyaté, Mamadou Fofana, Hamari Traoré (Falaye Sacko), Massadio Haïdara, Lassana Coulibaly (Kalifa Coulibaly), Cheick Doucouré (Diadié Samassékou), Boubacar Traoré, Nene Dorgeles, Ibrahim Koné (Aboubacar Diarra), El Bilal Touré .
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