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Sissoko: We stayed calm

Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko explains success against South Africa

Posted: 3 February 2013 Time: 8:14 pm

Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko says the secret behind his side’s success was just to absorb the pressure at remain calm as they ousted Bafana Bafana 3-1 on penalties on Saturday night.

The Eagles were tied at 1-1 with South Africa after extra-time in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations before using their experience and big-match temperament to coast through the shootout.

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Sissoko admitted his teammates were troubled by Bafana’s start – and the home support – but they were confident in their ability to finish strongly.

“All you could hear is the vuvuzelas and everyone wanted South Africa to go through, so you play not just the team, but the fans also. It was a very tough game for us, South Africa were very good and they played well,” he said.

When asked what coach Patrice Carteron had told Mali at half-time, after they had been completely dominated by Bafana in the opening 45 minutes and went a goal behind thanks to a Tokelo Rantie strike, Sissoko added: “He told us to just stay calm, to continue what we were doing and push a little bit harder because South Africa would get tired. He told us to use our experience.”

Sissoko singled out Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and May Mahlangu for special praise. “The midfield was very good; they had lots of energy and made us work. South Africa are a good team with good supporters, so we are happy to go through.”

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Mali will face the winner of the quarter-final clash between Nigeria and Ivory Coast in the last-four tie at Moses Mabhida on Wednesday.

Previous comments on this story...

0408424020(khosi village)
posted: 09:11 pm
Hard luck boys as the khosi nation we will always rally behind u. now its bussiness as usual atleast the boys will get the neccesary rest and come back fully charged for 1 of the most important games of reclaiming the glory

khosi 4 lyf till toothless chairman engage with tp mazembe abt kalaba
0408424020(khosi village)
posted: 09:14 pm
Hard luck boys as the khosi nation we will always rally behind u. now its bussiness as usual atleast the boys will get the neccesary rest and come back fully charged for 1 of the most important games of reclaiming the glory

khosi 4 lyf till toothless chairman engage with tp mazembe abt kalaba
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
hi lamine mali is becoming one of the few team that does the dirty work at AFCON,it is not easy to beat the host nation in any game.i commend you ballers for job well done.
Teammate
posted: 12:00 am
ikhehla lento ikhathele Ssisoko, he wanted a stubborn midget like Jali was gonna give him a lesson ask the Pharoahs they know Egypt knows him well coz he is the only dat gave them a hard time
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 04:36 am
Kaizer Chiefs Corporate Communications Manager, Vina Maphosa has revealed to kaizerchiefs.com that the tickets for all Kaizer Chiefs 2012/13
ABSA Premiership Home Fixtures including the much awaited Soweto Derby are now on sale at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers nationwide. This is the season for us to
Reclaim the Glory! We hope that the Afcon fever will rub off on to the league in terms of the supporters buying their tickets in
advance. If you look at the game between Bafana Bafana and Mali, the tickets were sold out days before the encounter. We need to inculcate this culture in the supporters. We believe this will make things easy for the supporters to be able
to plan in advance; added Maphosa.
Kaizer Chiefs Home games in 2012/2013:

-Kaizer Chiefs v Free State Stars at FNB Stadium
Date: Saturday, 16 February 2013
Time: 20H15
-Kaizer Chiefs v Bidvest Wits at FNB Stadium
Date: Saturday, 02 March 2013
Time: 18H00
-Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium
Date: Saturday, 09 March 2013
Time: 15H00
-Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United at Peter Mokaba Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 03 April 2013
Time: 19H30
-Kaizer Chiefs v Supersport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Time: 19:30
-Kaizer Chiefs v Platinum Stars at Peter Mokaba Stadium
Date: Sunday, 28 April 2013
Time: 15:00
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 07:20 am
Hade guys better luck next tym

You played and we support you all the way...

Bafana Bafana forever
Loverboy!!
posted: 08:59 am
Gaxa and Masilela costs us the game. Nx!!
Skhumba Touch
posted: 09:14 am
Bafana Bafana played very well, unfortunately Mali emerged winners, credit to the Malian coach, he had a strategy to beat BB, take us to penalty shootouts and he knew they were going to beat us, they practiced shoot outs for one hour before the match. "Se tloko sa kwele ya dinao", uyasho u Cebo waka Manyeapelo
Thobzin
posted: 09:33 am
@ Smallz

Eyi wena small balls, you talking rubbish. Stop drinking Black label,flippin Gorilla
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