Mali national football team

The Mali national football team (French: Équipe de football du Mali ) represents Mali in men's international football and is governed by the Malian Football Federation. The team's nickname is Les Aigles. They represent both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Mali
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Aigles (The Eagles)
AssociationMalian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachÉric Chelle
CaptainHamari Traoré
Most capsSeydou Keita (102)[1]
Top scorerSeydou Keita (25)
Home stadiumStade du 26 Mars
FIFA codeMLI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 Steady (6 October 2022)[2]
Highest23 (June 2013)
Lowest117 (October 2001)
First international
 Mali 4–3 Central African Republic 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Mali 11–0 Mauritania 
(Senegal; 1 October 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 7–0 Mali 
(Algeria; 13 November 1988)
 Kuwait 8–1 Mali 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 September 1997)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances12 (first in 1972)
Best resultRunners-up (1972)
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2011)
Best resultRunners-up (2016, 2020)

While Mali is a major youth football power in both Africa and the world, they have never qualified for any senior FIFA World Cup finals in history. They have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations on 12 occasions.

Mali were suspended by FIFA on 17 March 2017 due to 'government interference' with the national football association, namely dissolving its executive committee.[4] However, the side was re-instated by FIFA on 29 April after the executive committee was re-introduced by the Malian government.[5]

HistoryEdit

Mali reached the 1972 African Nations Cup final, but lost 3–2 to Congo. They failed to qualify for the finals again until 1994 when they reached the semi-finals, an achievement repeated in 2002, 2004 and 2012.

They played their first World Cup qualifier in the year 2000. As part of the CAF's qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, Mali lost in the preliminary round to Libya. Two years later, the country hosted the 2002 African Cup of Nations.[6]

Mali's under-23's team managed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The team coached by Cheick Kone managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament before losing to Italy.[7]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Mali beat Guinea-Bissau in the preliminaries. In the resulting second round, Mali finished fifth in its group. On 27 March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.[8]

In the 2010 African Nations Cup, Mali made football headlines for coming back from losing 4–0 with eleven minutes left to level 4–4 with Angola.[9] It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory, alongside Sweden's famous comeback against Germany in a 2014 World Cup qualifier with a same scoreline.

Team kitEdit

Manufacturer Period
  Kappa 1998–2003
  Baliston 2003–2007
  Airness 2007–

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

12 January 2021 AFCON Tunisia   0–1   Mali Limbe, Cameroon
Report
  • Koné   48' (pen.)
Stadium: Limbe Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
16 January 2021 AFCON Gambia   1–1   Mali Limbe, Cameroon
Report
Stadium: Limbe Stadium
Referee: Samir Guezzaz (Morocco)
20 January 2021 AFCON Mali   2–0   Mauritania Douala, Cameroon
Report Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
4 June 2023 AFCON qualification Mali   4–0   Congo Bamako, Mali
19:00
Report Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
Referee: Abdel Aziz Bouh (Mauritania)
9 June 2023 AFCON qualification South Sudan   1–3   Mali Entebbe, Uganda
15:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende
Referee: Mashood Ssali (Uganda)
15 August Friendly Mauritania   1–0   Mali Nouakchott, Mauritania
Stadium: Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya
18 August Friendly Mauritania   1–1   Mali Nouakchott, Mauritania
Stadium: Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya
23 September Friendly Mali   1–0   Zambia Bamako, Mali
Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
16 November Friendly Algeria   1–1   Mali Oran, Algeria
Stadium: Oran Olympic Stadium

2023Edit

March 2023 AFCON qualification Mali   v   Gambia Mali
Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Congo   v   Mali

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Eric Chelle
Assistant Coach   Fousseni Diawara
Goalkeeper Coach   Mahamadou Sidibé

Coaching historyEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Algeria on 16 November 2022.[10]

Caps and goals correct as of 9 June 2022, after the match against South Sudan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Djigui Diarra (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 27) 48 0   Young Africans
1 1GK Ibrahim Mounkoro (1990-02-23) 23 February 1990 (age 32) 14 0   Mazembe
22 1GK Ismael Diawara (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 28) 5 0   Malmö FF

2 2DF Hamari Traoré (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 30) 44 1   Rennes
17 2DF Falaye Sacko (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 27) 29 1   Montpellier
15 2DF Mamadou Fofana (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 24) 28 2   Amiens
5 2DF Boubakar Kouyaté (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 25) 23 0   Metz
6 2DF Massadio Haïdara (1992-12-02) 2 December 1992 (age 30) 14 1   Lens
3 2DF Amadou Dante (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 22) 2 0   Sturm Graz
21 2DF Daouda Guindo (2002-10-14) 14 October 2002 (age 20) 0 0   St. Gallen

4 3MF Amadou Haidara (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 24) 32 2   RB Leipzig
11 3MF Lassana Coulibaly (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 26) 31 0   Salernitana
8 3MF Diadie Samassékou (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 26) 30 1   Olympiacos
18 3MF Cheick Doucouré (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 22) 8 0   Crystal Palace
12 3MF Boubacar Traoré (2001-08-20) 20 August 2001 (age 21) 1 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers
14 3MF Fady Sidiki Coulibaly (2002-01-27) 27 January 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Djoliba AC

10 4FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 31) 28 6   Red Star Belgrade
20 4FW Sékou Koïta (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 23) 17 4   Red Bull Salzburg
23 4FW Ibrahima Koné (1999-06-16) 16 June 1999 (age 23) 14 8   Lorient
9 4FW El Bilal Touré (2001-10-03) 3 October 2001 (age 21) 15 5   Almería
7 4FW Nene Dorgeles (2002-12-23) 23 December 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Westerlo
13 4FW Aboubacar Diarra (1993-05-22) May 22, 1993 (age 29) 1 0   Wehdat
19 4FW Ibrahim Diarra (1998-05-19) May 19, 1998 (age 24) 0 0   GOAL FC

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Mali in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Almamy Touré (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 26) 0 0   Eintracht Frankfurt v.   South Sudan, 9 June 2022
DF Senou Coulibaly (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 28) 3 0   Dijon v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
DF Cheick Traoré (1995-03-31) 31 March 1995 (age 27) 2 0   Dijon v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
DF Issaka Samaké (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 28) 18 2   Horoya 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Charles Traoré (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 30) 8 0   Nantes 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Moussa Sissako (2000-11-10) 10 November 2000 (age 22) 4 0   Sochi 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Yves Bissouma (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 26) 27 3   Tottenham Hotspur v.   Zambia, 23 September 2022
MF Aliou Dieng (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 25) 25 2   Al Ahly v.   Zambia, 23 September 2022
MF Mohamed Camara (2000-01-06) 6 January 2000 (age 22) 12 3   Monaco v.   Zambia, 23 September 2022
MF Yaqoub Alhassan (2001-02-07) 7 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Al Taawoun Training camp, August 2022
MF Abdoulaye Doucouré (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 29) 2 0   Everton v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
MF Adama Noss Traoré (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 27) 27 3   Hull City 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Rominigue Kouamé (1996-12-07) 7 December 1996 (age 25) 10 0   Troyes 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Hamidou Traoré (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Giresunspor 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Kamory Doumbia (2003-02-18) 18 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Stade de Reims v.   Zambia, 23 September 2022

FW Adama Malouda Traoré (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 27) 47 8   Ferencváros v.   Zambia, 23 September 2022
FW Moussa Djenepo (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 24) 29 3   Southampton v.   Zambia, 23 September 2022
FW Moussa Doumbia (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 28) 36 5   Sochaux v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 31) 26 7   Al Jazira v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
FW Saliou Guindo (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Dibba Al Fujairah v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
FW Ibrahim Sissoko (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 27) 0 0   Sochaux v.   Tunisia, 29 March 2022
FW Lassine Sinayoko (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 22) 5 0   Auxerre 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

DCL Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

RecordsEdit

As of 9 June 2022[11]
Players in bold are still active with Mali.

Competition recordsEdit

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Mali have never won the Africa Cup of Nations; their best result at the tournament was runners-up in 1972. Mali have qualified for the tournament twelve times in total, finishing as runners-up once, third twice, and fourth three times. Prior to 2008, each time Mali qualified, they reached the knockout stage having only qualified four times before then.

Africa Cup of Nations record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France Part of   France
  1959
  1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1963
  1965 Did not qualify Did not qualify
  1968
  1970
  1972 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 11 Squad 4 3 1 0 7 2
  1974 Did not qualify 4 1 3 0 8 6
  1976 2 1 0 1 5 3
  1978 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1980 Did not enter
  1982 4 2 0 2 7 7
  1984 4 2 0 2 5 6
  1986 4 1 2 1 4 9
  1988 Withdrew
  1990 6 2 3 1 8 7
  1992 6 0 3 3 2 7
  1994 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 8 Squad 6 3 1 2 8 7
  1996 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 15 10
  1998 6 3 0 3 9 9
    2000 8 3 4 1 8 3
  2002 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 5 5 Squad Qualified as hosts
  2004 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 10 Squad 6 4 1 1 9 2
  2006 Did not qualify 12 4 2 6 15 15
  2008 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 1 3 Squad 6 3 3 0 10 1
  2010 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 6 Squad 12 6 3 3 21 15
    2012 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 6 5 Squad 6 3 1 2 9 6
  2013 Third place 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 8 Squad 2 2 0 0 7 1
  2015 Group stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3 Squad 6 3 0 3 8 6
  2017 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad 6 5 1 0 13 3
  2019 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 6 3 Squad 6 4 2 0 10 2
  2021 Round of 16 11th 4 2 2 0 4 1 Squad 6 4 1 1 10 4
  2023 To be determined To be determined
  2025
Total Runners-up 12/33 54 19 19 16 65 65 136 65 32 38 199 133

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

Mali has competed in four African Nations Championship tournaments, finishing as runners-up twice.

African Nations Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 0 0
  2011 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 0 3 1
  2014 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 1 1 6 5 2 1 0 1 3 2
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 6 4 2 2 0 7 4
  2018 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 3
  2020 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 3 1 3 3 4 3 1 0 9 0
  2022 Qualified 2 2 0 0 4 1
Total Runners-up 4/6 19 7 7 5 16 17 20 10 8 2 32 11

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Withdrew Withdrew
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 4
  2006 12 4 2 6 15 15
  2010 16 8 3 5 30 21
  2014 6 2 2 2 7 7
  2018 8 1 4 3 4 10
  2022 8 5 2 1 11 1
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 21 13 18 70 58

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Mali national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Head-to-head recordEdit

Team Confederation P W D L GF GA GD
  Algeria CAF 24 10 2 12 22 36 –14
  Angola CAF 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
  Benin CAF 16 8 7 1 27 16 +11
  Botswana CAF 7 6 0 1 19 5 +14
  Burkina Faso CAF 21 13 3 5 36 20 +16
  Cameroon CAF 6 0 2 4 3 8 –5
  Cape Verde CAF 7 3 2 2 10 4 +6
  Chad CAF 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
  China AFC 2 1 0 1 3 5 –2
  Congo CAF 10 5 2 3 14 9 +5
  DR Congo CAF 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2
  Croatia UEFA 1 0 0 1 1 2 –1
  Egypt CAF 10 4 2 4 8 8 0
  Equatorial Guinea CAF 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5
  Eritrea CAF 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
  Ethiopia CAF 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
  Gabon CAF 12 2 5 5 10 16 –6
  Gambia CAF 18 7 5 6 22 16 +6
  Ghana CAF 17 3 6 8 14 28 –14
  Guinea CAF 39 10 17 12 43 43 0
  Guinea-Bissau CAF 12 9 2 1 26 9 +17
  Iran AFC 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Ivory Coast CAF 26 2 8 16 17 47 –30
  Japan AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Kenya CAF 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
  North Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
  South Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 1 3 –2
  Kuwait AFC 3 0 0 3 4 10 –10
  Liberia CAF 10 5 3 2 19 11 +8
  Libya CAF 7 3 1 3 9 10 –1
  Lithuania UEFA 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Madagascar CAF 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Malawi CAF 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3
  Mauritania CAF 30 18 7 5 60 23 +37
  Morocco CAF 19 5 6 8 12 31 –19
  Mozambique CAF 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
  Namibia CAF 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
  Niger CAF 8 5 2 1 10 4 +6
  Nigeria CAF 9 1 3 5 5 12 –7
  Oman AFC 2 0 1 1 1 2 –1
  Qatar AFC 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Rwanda CAF 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
  Saudi Arabia AFC 2 1 0 1 4 6 –2
  Senegal CAF 32 8 12 12 33 41 –8
  Seychelles CAF 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
  Sierra Leone CAF 13 4 7 2 17 9 +8
  South Africa CAF 4 1 2 1 4 2 +2
  South Sudan CAF 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
  Sudan CAF 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
  Togo CAF 14 6 2 6 23 15 +8
  Tunisia CAF 8 4 0 4 8 8 0
  Uganda CAF 4 1 2 1 8 4 +4
  United Arab Emirates AFC 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Zambia CAF 5 0 2 3 3 8 –5
  Zimbabwe CAF 6 2 1 3 4 5 –1

Team honoursEdit

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournamentsEdit

Runners-up (1):   1972
Runners-up (2):   2016, 2020

Other Tournaments and CupsEdit

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (3): 1989, 1997, 2007
Runners-up (4): –

NotesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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