Another two matches are scheduled to be played in the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday with both shown live on television to a global audience. This competition is big news to followers of African sport, but it also draws attention from around the world with many of the players plying their trade at top clubs around Europe including the English Premier League.
In this article, we focus on Cameroon’s clash with Mali which is scheduled to kick-off at 16:00 GMT. The head-to-head stats associated with this fixture show these teams have played three times already with Mali yet to record a victory. Cameroon have one win, the other two games ending in a draw. The most recent produced a 1-1 friendly in the summer of 2019. Interestingly, each of the last two games have ended 1-1. Will that trend continue?
Lions boast five wins
Cameroon boast a rich history in this competition and the team’s supporters believe the players have what it takes to win the group and go on to lift the trophy outright. The Indomitable Lions have won this tournament five times already, lifting the trophy for the first time in 1984 with the most recent in 2017.
Cameroon held on for a decent goalless draw against Japan in a friendly match late last year. They were unable to turn their chances into goals, but Cameroon will take confidence from both the clean sheet and what was a decent result and now aim to build on that.
Beginners luck for the Eagles
The history books show Mali have played in the African Cup of Nations 12 times in the past with their first appearance in 1972. It was a case of beginners’ luck for Mali as their best performance came in their first year, ending as runners up.
Since then they have been unable to match those dizzy heights, but supporters hope The Eagles will go one better this time out. A win over Cameroon will send out a message of intent to the rest of the competition. We’ll get an idea of what to expect from Mali in how they perform in this match.
Cameroon vs Mali prediction
This is sure to be a competitive match with both sides planning to keep it tight at the back of punish any errors in attack. Cameroon are favourites but can’t afford to take Mali lightly.
African Nations odds
Cameroon are 1.87 with Mali 4.66 and the draw 2.802.
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