Mali – Algeria

 NFF at a glance
Founded 1945
FIFA Affiliation Since 1960
President Sani Lulu Abdullahi
1st Vice President Amanze Uchegbulam
2nd Vice President Oyuki Obaseki
General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba

FIFA World Cup appearances
3 (1994, 1998, 2002)

Continental titles
CAN (1980, 1994)
CAN (1984, 1988, 1990, 2000)

Best Results
FIFA U-17 World Cup Final (1985, 1993, 2007), Olympic Football Tournament Final (1996)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Final (1987, 2001, 2009), FIFA U-20 World Cup Final (1989, 2005), Olympic Football Tournament Final (2008)

Rabah Saadane (Algeria coach)

“This win has given the perfect answer to all our critics. I did my calculations before and six points should be enough to qualify. I didn’t put any pressure on my team, I told them to go out and enjoy themselves. Now we have three days to recover before our final first round game.”

Karim Ziani (Algeria midfielder, Man-of-the-match)

“We worked hard for this victory though not easy. The result has renewed our hopes in the competitions.” Stephen Keshi (Mali coach)

“The Algerians deserved their win. Right now we’re bottom of the table. We’ll go away and prepare for our final group game against Malawi.”

Mamadou Diarra (Mali captain)

“We knew it was going to be tough, but we’re a good team and we have a coach that will put things right for our next game.”

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