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W/Cup 2022 Qualifier: Mali edge past Rwanda in Morocco


Mali got their CAF second round 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign off to a positive start with a 1-0 win over Rwanda at Stade d’Agadir in Morocco on Wednesday.

The match took place in Agadir as Mali don’t currently have a stadium that fulfils the required standards to host international matches.

Les Aigles started the game like a house on fire and shortly after having a goal chalked off, the hosts were awarded a spot-kick. Moussa Djenepo stepped up, but had his 18th-minute attempt saved by Amavubi goalkeeper Emery Mvuyekure.

It mattered little, though, as a minute later Mali hit the front through Moldova-based Adama Traore who recently played an integral part in helping FC Sheriff Tiraspol qualify for this season’s Uefa Champions League group stages.

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His strike proved to be the difference on the night as Mali climbed top of Group E.

Next up for them is a trip to Uganda to take on the Cranes this coming Monday while Rwanda host Kenya in Kigali on Sunday.

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