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Soccer-Mali v Nigeria - African Nations Cup teams

DURBAN, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Teams for the African Nations Cup semi-final between Mali and Nigeria at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday: Mali: 1-Mamadou Samassa; 2-Fousseiny Diawara, 3-Adama Tamboura, 8-Kalilou Traore, 13-Molla Wague; 6-Momo Sissoko, 17-Mahamane Traore, 21-Mahamadou N'diaye, 12-Seydou Keita; 10-Modibo Maiga, 15-Mahamadou Samassa Nigeria: 1-Vincent Enyeama; 3-Elderson Echiejile, 22-Kenneth Omeruo, 14-Godfrey Oboabona, 5-Efe Ambrose; 19-Sunday Mba, 17-Ogenyi Onanzi, 10-John Obi Mikel, 11-Victor Moses; 8-Brown Ideye, 9-Emmanuel Emeni

Football: Mali recall Samassa, drop shootout star Diakite

Mali have dropped penalty shootout star Soumaila Diakite for Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Nigeria. Mali coach Patrice Carteron said France-based goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa will start ahead of the more experienced Diakite, from Bamako club Stade Malien, who saved two penalties in the quarter-final triumph over South Africa. Guingamp goalkeeper Samassa missed the South Africa game last Saturday because of a one-match ban after picking up two bookings in the group stage.

Football: Mali's footballers eager for news from back home

While the MP3 player is the gadget of choice for footballers at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Mali's players spend much of their spare time searching news channels in hotel rooms for news of the conflict back home. As the Eagles prepare for a semi-final against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Durban on Wednesday, they are desperate for the latest updates as Malian, African and French troops confront Islamist extremists in the troubled country.

Football: Mali Cup of Nations factfile

Factfile for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finalists Mali: Results: Niger 1-0, Ghana 0-1, DR Congo 1-1 (Gp B), South Africa 1-1 (quarter-finals) Scorers: Seydou Keita (2), Mahamadou Samassa Coach: Patrice Carteron (FRA) Captain: Seydou Keita Key player: Keita is a classy midfield operator with a powerful left foot Rankings: CAF 3, FIFA 25 Nickname: Eagles Previous appearances: 7 (1972: runners-up, 1994, 2002, 2004: fourth, 2008, 2010: first rd, 2012: third) Match record: P38 W14 D11 L13 F47 A51

Football: Mali v Nigeria match-ups

Key match-ups for Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Nigeria and Mali on Wednesday: Adama Coulibaly (MLI) v Emmanuel Emenike (NGR) Expect a battle of attrition between two power-playing players -- Coulibaly against the all-action Emenike, who is one of three leading scorers in the competition with three goals. Adama Tamboura (MLI) v Victor Moses (NGR) Denmark-based left-back Tamboura was included in the 2012 Cup of Nations tournament team and it will be interesting to see how he fares against tricky and quick Chelsea winger Moses.

Soccer-Keita driven by search for peace in Mali

By Mark Gleeson DURBAN, South Africa, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Seydou Keita's sixth African Nations Cup tournament could turn out to be his best yet as the conflict in Mali drives his search for success on the pitch. The former Barcelona midfielder turned in yet another inspiring performance to lead his country to the semi-finals after edging hosts South Africa in a penalty shootout on Saturday.

Football: We are dreaming of glory, says Mali coach

French coach Patrice Carteron says Mali will continue to dream of glory as they prepare to confront Ivory Coast or Nigeria for an Africa Cup of Nations final place. The Eagles played party poopers for the second consective tournament when they eliminated hosts South Africa 3-1 on penalties after a tense, tight quarter-final finished 1-1 after extra time in Durban Saturday. A year ago almost to the day, Mali dumped co-hosts Gabon out of 2012 Africa Cup in identical fashion, winning on penalties after coming from behind during regular time to force a 1-1 draw.

Football: Mali, Ghana in semis, S. Africa, C. Verde out

Mali crushed host South Africa's dreams and Ghana ended debutants Cape Verde's remarkable adventure in the first batch of Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on Saturday. South Africa were trying to emulate the class of '96 by lifting the continental showpiece on home turf, but it wasn't to be as Mali booked their place in the semi-finals. At a packed house in Durban the two sides were inseparable at 1-1 at the end of extra time with Tokelo Rantie putting Bafana Bafana (The Boys) ahead on 31 minutes and Seydou Keita levelling with 58 minutes gone.

Football: Malian party poopers knock South Africa out

Mali played party poopers in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals for the second time within a year as they defeated South Africa 3-1 on penalties Saturday. A tense match of few scoring chances had ended 1-1 after extra time with Tokelo Rantie putting Bafana Bafana (The Boys) ahead on 31 minutes and Seydou Keita levelling with 58 minutes gone. Cheick Tidiane Diabate, Adama Tamboura and Mahamane Traore converted shootout kicks for the Malian Eagles while Soumbeyla Diakite saved from Dean Furman and May Mahlangu and Lehlohonolo Majoro blazed wide.
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