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Cisse picks Mali to beat Nigeria

Moroka Swallows' Malian striker Cheick Cisse is confident that his country is going to beat Nigeria

Posted: 6 February 2013 Time: 11:24 am

Moroka Swallows' Malian striker Cheick Cisse is confident that his country is going to beat Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium today.

Mali qualified for the semis after beating South Africa 3-1 thanks to a penalty shoot-out last weekend while Nigeria defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 in their quarter-final.

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The Mali coach Patrice Carteron says they will go into the match against Nigeria as underdogs and Cisse believes that this will suit his countrymen as they won't be under the same pressure to win as the Super Eagles.

"I don't remember the last time we beat Nigeria and also they have our former coach Stephen Keshi in charge which makes the game more difficult for us.

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"But this is football and anything is possible. I spoke to some of the Mali guys and what I picked up is that the spirit in the camp is high and there is more determination to win than against Bafana.

"I am confident that we will get the victory against Nigeria in Durban tonight," Cisse adds.

The Mali team will be boosted by trying to bring a smile to the faces of their countrymen after all the political conflict in recent months.

"The situation is improving back home. Winning the trophy will definitely bring lot of happiness to people back in Mali," Cisse adds.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

El Kampion
posted: 11:51 am
You can pick Mali but wena o inkomo nje...
KOIYOKO
posted: 11:55 am
Why aren't you in the team Cisse ?
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 12:01 pm
KOIYOKOposted: 11:55 am  |  Report
Why aren't you in the team Cisse ?
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U should have asked zandile jali the same question
Grandboi
posted: 12:09 pm
ℓєт'ѕ leave the talk for Mali....Opponents always do the talking,all Nigeria could do is win. Super Eagle will rate you higher and make you feel special before they downgrade you on the pitch,football isn't play by mouth or by wish.
If you think you have determination to win, the SE also have that too also, can't wait to see you crying after the match....Up SE
twentyone guns
posted: 12:12 pm
Am sorry cisse Ghana is taking the cup to Accra,stop dreaming
Magnanimous
posted: 12:56 pm
Cisse Zimbabwe is going to win this Afcon. Musona and Mushekwi will score braces.
mqadin
posted: 01:13 pm
Lets support Nigeria guys and make sure they win coz the cup will stay in hillbrow or Point road,thats whew Nigerians live
maphul 'inkomo
posted: 01:24 pm
That is open secret nija will win
maphul 'inkomo
posted: 01:26 pm
This is open secret nija will win
Tico MP
posted: 02:21 pm
mali 1 nigeria 0
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 02:29 pm
big mouth Cicsse or what is ur name, when have mail beaten Nigeria, guy we have no talk with u guys, we are waiting to settle scores with black kenke or black fufu, The only good thing keshi has done is parading Moses,Emenike and Ideye, this three guys is a problem to any team in the world. But keshi is too poor in defensive plan. zero%
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 02:55 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

I Expect all these ghana fans, mali FAKE EAGLES fans and of course BANANA BANANA fans to all dissappear when nigeria make it to F I N A L ...this evening!
longman
posted: 03:12 pm
Cisse no worry urself! Naija go beat una today. Keshi sabi una well well so make u go chop phutu + braai meat !!
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 04:24 pm
Supper Eagle 3 mail1
FrankT
posted: 05:58 pm
Gordon Igesund , national Coach of Mzansi also picked Mali to win , it is now half time and Mali is behind by 3 goals , let us see if miracles can still happen in this life
stanslinks
posted: 06:02 pm
It's now half time and Nigeria Leads by a convincing 3 - 0. I predict this match is ending 5 - 0 in Nigeria;s favour. Now Cisse what say you?
Blackjesus
posted: 06:21 pm
Then dey expect me 2 be proud of bafambla bafambla,mali has slaughtered by 3 goals b4 halftime shame.
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