AFCON 2023: Mali-Tunisia draw sets stage for Group E showdown


In a thrilling encounter at the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Mali and Tunisia battled to a 1-1 draw in a pivotal Group E clash in Korhogo.

The Eagles of Mali took the lead in the 10th minute, with Lassine Sinayoko firing home after Tunisia failed to clear their lines. The Carthage Eagles responded swiftly, as Hamza Rafia equalized just nine minutes later following Ali Elabdi’s dynamic run.

The first half showcased both teams’ attacking prowess, but the second period turned tactical, with no additional goals. Mali maintains their grip on Group E, leading with four points, but with other results in play, qualification remains uncertain heading into the final round.

“It was a very tight game between two strong teams,” commented Mali coach Eric Sekou Chelle. Meanwhile, Tunisia’s Jalel Kadri lamented missed chances but expressed hope for progression, stating, “It’s still open, and our fate remains in our hands.”

Namibia’s surprise victory over Tunisia and South Africa’s draw with Guinea intensify the group’s competition. Mali needs just a point against Gambia for guaranteed advancement, while Tunisia faces a must-win scenario against South Africa to stay in contention. After a fierce battle between the top two, Group E’s knockout qualification race promises a nail-biting conclusion.

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