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Preview: Cameroon vs. Mali - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's African Nations Championship clash between Cameroon and Mali, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Cameroon take on Mali in the Total African Nations Championship on Wednesday afternoon, with both teams looking to maintain their winning starts to the tournament.

In the opening fixtures of Group A, the Indomitable Lions saw off Zimbabwe 1-0, while Nouhoum Diane's men defeated Burkina Faso by the same scoreline.

Match preview

Cameroon's Samuel Gouet, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Franck Evina after the match in October 2020© Reuters

Cameroon are the host nation for the sixth edition of the tournament, and Martin Ndtoungou Mpile's side will be hoping they can use home advantage to claim the trophy for the first time.

Mpile is embarking on his second spell in charge of the central African nation after leading them to the quarter-finals of the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda.

The Indomitable Lions have reached the last eight of the competition on two previous occasions but were knocked out in the group stages when Morocco hosted in 2018.

Charles Banga's goal was enough to secure their first victory last time out, and the pre-tournament favourites will be keen to establish their dominance over the group with another victory in midweek.

Mali were beaten finalists four years ago, losing 3-0 to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who won their second CHAN title.

Siaka Bagayoko's strike was enough to get the better of Burkina Faso on Saturday and move joint-top with Cameroon, giving the Eagles genuine belief that they can progress to the knockout stages.

Diane guided Stade Malien to six Premiere Division successes during his time with the club, and it is hoped he can replicate that success on the international scene.

Three points on Wednesday would be a huge boost to their chances of finally lifting some silverware and would fill this inexperienced Mali side with confidence for the rest of the competition.

Cameroon African Nations Championship form: W
Cameroon form (all competitions): WWDLLW

Mali African Nations Championship form: W
Mali form (all competitions): WWWWWW

Team News

Cameroon are led by experienced full international Jacques Zoua, who won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and Alfred Meyong Etong who was a standout performer in the run-up to the tournament.

Mpile is unlikely to make many changes from the starting XI that defeated Zimbabwe, meaning Bryant Soga is set to lead the line once again.

The Mali squad consists of a large number of Stade Malien players including the likes of Djigui Diarra, Desse Sissoko and Mamaye Coulibaly.

Forward Moussa Kone is the danger man for the Eagles, and the AS Real striker will be eager to get his first goal of the competition in midweek.

Cameroon possible starting lineup:
Kerrido; Mamoudou, Banga, Matanda, Andoulo; Oukine, Tchuente; Etong, Zoua, Assomo; Soga

Mali possible starting lineup:
Diarra; Samake, Diarra, Sidibe, Ballo; Sissoko, Kyabou, Samabaly, Kanoute; Kone, Coulibaly

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We say: Cameroon 1-1 Mali

It should be a tight affair between two evenly matched teams that are desperate not to let the other side gain an advantage over them. Therefore, we can see this ending in a low-scoring draw as both teams settle for a share of the spoils.

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