PREVIEW: MALI vs ZAMBIA!!
DATE: Wednesday,January 27th!
KICK-OFF TIME: 16:00hrs(Zambian time).
VENUE: Nyamirambo Stadium,Kigali(Rwanda).
CHANNELS: Supersport 9
COMPETITION: 2016 African Nations Championship(CHAN).
Its one of the concluding Group D fixtures with Zambia(6points) already through to quarter- finals and will need to avoid defeat to remain as Group leaders,while Mali(4 points) only need a draw to book a Quarter-final place ahead of Uganda(1 point) and Zimbabwe(0 points).
HEAD TO HEAD:
Zambia and Mali have met in few occasions as low as four(4) times with the Chipolopolo winning twice(Zam 4-0 Mali in 1994Afcon) and (Zam 2-1 Mali in 2005 ),while the rest two(2) matches ended in 1-1 draws in a 2002 int’nal friendly and 2006 world Cup qualifiers respectively.
RANKINGS(As of January 7th release):
Mali – 13th in Africa(63rd on Fifa).
Zambia – 15th in Africa(67th on Fifa).
Mali – 2014 Quarter Finalists with (03) appearances.
Zambia – 2009 Third place with (02) appearances.
Mali – 1972 Runners-up with (08) appearances.
Zambia – 2012 Champions with (16) appearances.
Both Zambia and Mali have never qualified for the Fifa World Cup.
RECENT FORM(LAST 10 MATCHES):
Mali -(05)wins,(04) draws and (01) lose.
Zambia – (07)wins,(02) draws and (01) lose.
COACHES IN CHARGE:
Mali – Djibril Drame
Zambia – George Lwandamina.
PHOTO CREDIT – FAZ