Mali anxious for first finals

Mali anxious for first finals

In the early 2000s a clutch of talented Malian players began to make a name for themselves in European football.

Clermente making light of Libyan travels

Clermente making light of Libyan travels

In response to Libya’s worsening security situation, the national team are having to play their matches on foreign soil, far away from their supporters.

Senegal desperate for World cup

Senegal desperate for World cup

Football fans have many different ways of showing their support for players, but it was still unusual when, in one of the most poignant displays of solidarity, thousands of Napoli supporters held photographs of Kalidou Koulibaly in front of their faces before a Serie A game earlier this year.

Only the toughest will survive

 

Only the toughest will survive

There are mouthwatering groups to be found in the draw for the third round of the 2018 World Cup.

Mali are fastest of starters

Mali are fastest of starters
As all of the sides that have crossed their path over the course of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 can attest to, Mali are fast. Very fast.

Bru about to start journey of a lifetime

Bru about to start journey of a lifetime
Now 30, former France youth star Jonathan Bru is preparing to embark on his first FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with Mauritius, the country of his parents’ birth.

Football helps South Sudan move on

Football helps South Sudan move on
There are times when sport seems very low on the list of a nation’s priorities, not least in the wake of natural disasters, humanitarian crises and armed conflicts, when the struggle just to survive takes precedence over all else.

Diarra happy to be back in New Zealand

Diarra happy to be back in New Zealand
“New Zealand is a wonderful country, even if it is a very long way from home,” says Fanyeri Diarra, the coach of Mali’s U-20 national team.

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