Dakar - Mali have qualified for the semi-finals of the African U-20 Championship in Senegal and also for the 2015 Fifa U-20 World Cup in New Zealand after seeing off South Africa challenge in Group B on Thursday in M'Bour.
Hamidou Traoré, the man who was hugely instrumental in the Junior Eagles’ success against the Amajita, told supersport.com that his team are no longer underdogs of the tournament but now favourites.
“When we arrived in Senegal, we pulled little attention. Journalists were not even coming to our press conferences. Our team didn’t matter much, but right now I can confirm to you that there are many knocks on the door,” Traore said.
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With South Africa hoping to revive their campaign after a botched up opener against Ghana (2-0), the 18-year-old winger of Club Olympique de Bamako said they were expecting to face a strong opposition on Thursday.
“Everybody knows it is difficult to play a team that is on the verge of elimination. And so we had prepared to confront a very tenacious side. The game wasn’t an easy one, but I believe better experience and a stronger determination gave us an edge.”
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