By Charles Embola
“Relatively yes, todays result makes me proud of my team. Mali are a good side with several individual qualities but also collectively. Our game plane was simple because we knew we won’t have plenty of the ball, so we strategized in low blocks, closing down the space and hitting them on the counter. It worked for us, and in the first half with the two free kicks crashing on the cross bar and post for which we could’ve scored.”
Did you fell rubbed conceding a Penalty 10 minutes to the End?
“We conceded a Penalty with 10 minutes left, which wasn’t so clear to me, I’ll have to review that action before making a better assessment of what transpired. But I was so pleased with the calmness and mature reaction of my team in what was definitely a nervous moment for any group of players and management staff.”
On Leveling the tie:
“We all saw it was a clear Penalty, Bissouma had his arm away from his body which acted as a block of the ball, there’s no question, we deserved what we got at that instant and happy our Star boy Musa Barrow took it sweetly.”
Is this Enough for you to go through?
“No! I have personally thought about a possible scenario of Tunisia and Mauritania playing out a draw, and Mauritania pulls a cat out of the hat on match day three by beating Mali. That would mean all for nations have 4 points, therefore nothing would be certain. We shall take a short break tomorrow and resume full training on Tuesday to work out what’s necessary against Tunisia”
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