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Sunday showdown Gambia, Mali on consolidation mission

Gambia's Ablie Jallow celebrates after victory over Mauritania

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Group F leaders Gambia and their ‘co-pilots’ Mali will be seeking to condolidate when they file out on Sunday in their second outing in Cameroon. Both sides won their first matches , Mali earning theirs in a controversial game that has seen Tunisia present a later rejected protest.

Having both picked up opening-day wins on Wednesday, both sides are currently level on three points at the top of the table and this makes for an exciting watch.

Gambia’s Ablie Jallow  who made it happen for Gambia thanks to his lone goal strike will be hoping to do it a again on Sunday

The win over Mauritania was a first win in three games for Tom Saintfiet’s men, who suffered a narrow 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Kosovo on June 11 before losing 2-0 to New Zealand five days later.

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Mali on the other hand  got their AFCON campaign off to a flyer as they saw off Tunisia side 1-0 at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Wednesday.

Mali have now won all but one of their last five games in all competitions, while they are unbeaten in seven of their last eight, picking up six wins and one draw in that time. The race for the last 16 for these two sides will not doubt be full of fireworks and no less with be expected because a lot is at stake.




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