Tunisia will face Mali on January 12, 2022 at 13:00 UTC at the Limbe Omnisport Venue stadium in Limbe, Cameroon. The match is part of Group F of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Start date: 12 Jan 2022 18:30
Venue: Limbe Omnisport Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe, Zambia
Head to Head Record
FT: Tunisia 1-1 Mali
FT: Tunisia 1-2 Mali
FT: Tunisia 4-2 Mali
Tunisia vs Mali Preview
Tunisia has struggled for success at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the trophy only once in their history, but they are one of the countries represented at the event and will be attending for the 15th year in a row this year.
Their only victory occurred in 2004, when they beat Morocco 2-1 in the final, thanks to goals from Francileudo Santos and Ziad Jaziri, who came each side of Youssouf Hadji’s 38th-minute equaliser.
Tunisia, who is ranked 30th in the FIFA world rankings, finished fourth in Egypt in 2019, falling 1-0 to Senegal in the semi-finals before losing 1-0 to Nigeria in the losers’ final.
Mali has been a regular participant in the prestigious continental competition in recent years, and will be making their eighth appearance after a successful qualification campaign.
Les Aigles won four games and dropped only five points in the qualifiers to finish first in Group A with 13 points from six games, two points ahead of Guinea.
Since then, Mohamed Magassouba’s team has been in incredible form, winning five and drawing one of their six competitive games to claim a spot in the 2022 World Cup qualifying playoffs.
Tunisia Team News
Tunisia enters the tournament with a 28-man roster that includes Wahbi Khazri of Saint-Etienne, who is second on the country’s all-time appearance list with 22 goals in 65 games.
Hannibal Mejbr, a Manchester United prospect with nine appearances for his country, has also been called up to the group, and we anticipate the 21-year-old to contend for a starting spot in the midfield.
After a strong run in the local league, Bechir Ben Said and Ali Jemal have been called up to the Tunisia team for the first time.
Mali Team News
Moussa Djenepo, Yves Bissouma, and Amadou Haidara are among the Malians’ midfield talents as they prepare for the competition.
The RB Leipzig midfielder has recently returned from injury and is expected to start in the midfield trio, with Ibrahima Kone, 22, spearheading the attack.
Since his debut in 2017, Kone has scored eight goals in six games for Mali, and he will be one to watch in this tournament.
Tunisia XI: Mustapha; Drager, Talbi, Bronn, Maaloul; Slimane, Skhiri; Sliti, Mejbri, Jaziri; Khazri
Mali XI: Mounkoro; Sacko, Kouyate, Sissako, C Traore; Haidara, Bissouma; Coulibaly, A Traore, Djenepo; Kone
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