Nigeria/Mali: Nigeria Battles Mali As Wafu Cup Group Stage Begins

Nigeria will continue its quest to win the resuscitated WAFU Cup trophy when it takes on Mali in their first group stage match of the competition.Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone 2-0, while Mali beat Madagascar 3-1 to qualify for this stage of competition, which is in a round robin format.

Cote d’Ivoire and Benin Republic were the last two teams to qualify for the group stage of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations holding in Ghana.The Ivoirians progressed in the West African regional championship with a penalty shoot-out win over Togo after the goalless draw on Tuesday, just as Benin beat Cape Verde 2-0 in the final qualifier.

The two winners join Senegal and Niger in Group B of the tournament, while hosts Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea and Mali will contest the other pool.Nigerian coach, Salisu Yusuf, who said he is using the WAFU Cup to prepare for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) billed for Kenya, believes his wards have the quality to beat Mali before the crunch clash with Ghana on Monday.

Speaking ahead of the game, Yusuf said his wards were getting into their strides since arriving in Ghana, adding that the 2-0 defeat of Sierra Leone has given them the platform to surge towards the trophy.

Source ; The Guardian

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