Mali aims to secure a fourth consecutive victory as they host Central African Republic at Stade du 26 Mars on Sunday. The away side, seeking redemption after an opening defeat, faces a tough World Cup qualifying challenge.
Mali comfortably secured a 3-1 victory against Chad, with goals from Kamory Doumbia, Youssoufou Niakate, and Ibrahima Sissoko. This win marked their third consecutive victory and fifth in the last six outings. Facing an opponent ranked 80 places below in the FIFA rankings, Les Aigles look to extend their winning streak.
Central African Republic, coming from a 4-2 defeat against Comoros, faces an uphill battle. Despite an early lead, they conceded four goals before pulling one back. The Wild Beasts, on a three-match losing streak, aim to bounce back and improve their away form.
Michael Yangao’s participation for Central African Republic is uncertain due to an injury scare against Comoros. Isaac Bomawoko may step in if Yangao is unavailable. For Mali, Ibrahima Sissoko and Youssoufou Niakate seek a spot in the starting XI after impactful performances.
Kamory Doumbia, with four goals in his first five matches, remains a key player for Mali.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Diawara; Traore, Kouyate, Niakate, Haidara; Dieng, Doucoure, Camara, Sinayoko; Doumbia, Diabate
Central African Republic:
Youfeigane; Yapende, Ndobe, Guinari, Yangao; Baboula, Kondogbia, Youga, Majouga; Koyalipou, Mafouta