Mali Ends Gabon 2017 Campaign with a Draw


Yves Bissouma’s late strike was not enough to hand Mali a win as they drew 1-1 against Uganda in their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Group D encounter on Wednesday night at the Stade d’Oyem.

The stalemate means Alain Gresse’s charges wrap up their assignments in Gabon placed at No 3 in the group with two points from two draws and one defeat.

For the Cranes, Farouk Miya scored their first goal as they made their Afcon return following a 39-year absence.

The first five minutes saw both sides struggling to string their short passes together due to the wet surface, but the Eagles enjoyed the possession.

Following an attempt to penetrate the Ugandan defence, Moussa Marega came from a tight angle and his attempt hit the side of the net around the ten minute mark.

In an aim to respond a few minutes later, Miya tried a long range effort, but it went wide, not troubling goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko.

In the 25th minute, Yacouba Sylla missed the top corner by inches after a sweet lay off from the right flank.

Despite controlling the proceedings, Giresse’s men failed to create clear cut chances as the score remained 0-0 at halftime.