EXCLUSIVE | Mali’s Mamoutou N’Diaye: We dominated against Egypt
Mali midfielder Mamoutou N’Diaye comments on final Africa Cup of Nations group D fixture as well as tough opener against the Pharaohs.
Mali were seeded in group D alongside continental giants Egypt & Ghana as well as Uganda who made their return to the Africa Cup of Nations after 39 years of absence.
Mali’s journey has been a tough one after battling out a close goalless draw against Egypt in the opening fixture then suffering a slim 1-0 loss against Ghana thanks to Asamoah Gyan’s exquisite header.
Mali now need to beat Uganda in the final fixture of the group and hope Ghana beats Egypt as a the Pharaohs need just one single point to make it out of the group.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) January 21, 2017
Speaking to KingFut, Mamoutou N’Diaye of Royal Antwerp layed his thoughts about Mali’s chances in the group.
“All matches are important but this one will be special because we play for our qualification, god willing,” N’Diaye commented.
“We will do everything to win as we have no choice but victory or else we will have to get into calculations for goal-difference.”
Mamoutou N’Diaye was part of the Mali starting line-up against Egypt in the group opener.
“It was clear it was a nice match. There were occasions for both sides [to score] especially in the second-half, we dominated the match but unfortunately we did not score,” said the 26-year-old.
On which Egyptian player stood out for him, N’Diaye’s answer was clear.
“Mohamed Salah is too good.”
Following Abdallah El-Said’s last-gasp winner against Uganda, the latter became the first side to exit the competition but N’Diaye is adamant it will not be a walk in the park against the eliminated team.
“There’s no easy match and we can’t win it if we don’t play well so we’ll play that match like it’s the final so that we win,” N’Diaye concluded.
Mali take on Uganda on the 25th of January while the Pharaohs face Ghana on the same day in the final match of the group stages.
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