Haidara and co continue to impress

Haidara and co continue to impress 

A strong start can often be decisive, particularly in motorsport, where the driver who presses the accelerator down at just the right moment can end up leading the pack into the first corner.

Maiga part of outstanding Mali crop

Maiga part of outstanding Mali crop
Mali is developing some outstanding young players these days.

Lille's Traore to build on New Zealand showing

Lille's Traore to build on New Zealand showing
One of the joys of the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand was watching Mali’s technically outstanding, highly intelligent midfielder Adama Traore distributing balls, setting the tempo and providing structure to Mali’s build-up play.

Maiga makes an impressive shield

Maiga makes an impressive shield 
Standing 6'6 tall, his strapping 90kg frame almost all muscle, Hamidou Maiga's presence rarely goes unnoticed on the pitch.

Diarra inspiring Mali run in New Zealand

Diarra inspiring Mali run in New Zealand
Though Manuel Neuer was not in goal for Germany for Sunday’s quarter-final tie with Mali at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015, and though the young Mannschaft could have used the Bayern Munich man’s massive presence in the shootout that decided the game, that is not to say he did not have an influence on proceedings.

Gbakle proves Mali's great provider

Gbakle proves Mali's great provider
Mali have hugely impressive at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

Senegal's spot-kick king

Senegal's spot-kick king
Football is a game of 'what ifs', and surely few teams at the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 know the truth of that more than Senegal.

Germany first choice for Akpoguma

Germany first choice for Akpoguma
You can tell how happy and fulfilled Kevin Akpoguma has been in New Zealand over the past few days by the sparkle in his eyes.

Tetteh sensational down under

Tetteh sensational down under
Any talent scouts sitting in the stands at Wellington’s Regional Stadium after Ghana's match against Argentina on 2 June would have been searching in vain for detailed information on Samuel Tetteh. After all, the Ghana winger only appeared briefly in African qualifying as a substitute.

Sarr proud to lead

Sarr proud to lead
Some images are worth a thousand words. For example, the sight of the usually shy Sidy Sarr celebrating vigorously after his last-minute winner gave Senegal a 4-3 victory over Congo DR at the CAF African U-20 Championship on 14 March.

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