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URGENT ¥¥¥ Football: Mali reach Nations Cup semi-finals

Mali beat South Africa 3-1 on penalties Saturday after an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final finished 1-1 following extra time. Tokelo Rantie put the host country ahead on 31 minutes with a tap-in and veteran Mali captain Seydou Keita equalised after 58 minutes via a close-range header. dl/dj

Football: South Africa, Mali go to penalties in Nations Cup

The Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between South Africa and Mali went to a penalty shootout Saturday after a 1-1 draw following extra time. Tokelo Rantie put the host country ahead on 31 minutes with a tap-in and veteran Mali captain Seydou Keita equalised after 58 minutes via a close-range header. dl/dj

Football: South Africa, Mali go to extra time in Africa Cup

An Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between South Africa and Mali went to extra time Saturday after a 1-1 draw at full-time. Tokelo Rantie put the host country ahead on 31 minutes with a tap-in and veteran Mali captain Seydou Keita equalised after 58 minutes via a close-range header. dl/dj

Football: South Africa v Mali match-ups

Key match-ups in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between South Africa and Mali at Moses Mabhida Stadium Saturday: Mahamadou Samassa (MLI) v Itumeleng Khune (RSA) Italy-based Samassa got his first start against Democratic Republic of Congo and repaid the faith put in him with a clinical early equaliser. He will have to be even sharper, though, to beat outstanding shot-stopper Khune. Seydou Keita (MLI) v Dean Furman (RSA)

Football: Mali Cup of Nations factfile

Factfile for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finalists Mali: Group results: Niger 1-0, Ghana 0-1, DR Congo 1-1 Scorers: Seydou Keita, Mahamadou Samassa (1 each) Coach: Patrice Carteron (FRA) Captain: Seydou Keita Key player: Former Barcelona midfielder Keita has a classy 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: P37 W14 D10 L13 F46 A50 Record wins: Kenya 3-1, Burkina Faso 3-1

Soccer-Keita hopes cup run brings joy to war-torn Mali

By Mark Gleeson DURBAN, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Providing a joyful distraction from the conflict back home is Mali's primary objective at the African Nations Cup, captain Seydou Keita admitted after his side advanced to the quarter-finals on Monday. With French troops and government forces advancing against Islamist insurgents in the north of the West African state, Keita told reporters he was reassessing Mali's priorities at the tournament in South Africa.

Soccer-Mali 1 Niger 0 - African Nations Cup result

(sends to additional codes, no change in text) PORT ELIZABETH, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Mali 1 Niger 0 - African Nations Cup Group B result At Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Scorer: Mali: Seydou Keita 84 Half-time: 0-0 Teams:

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Talismanic Keita gives Mali late win over Niger

* Keita takes advantage of goalkeeper error * Mali first winners in this year's tournament (Adds detail) By Mark Gleeson PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Seydou Keita proved to be the talisman for Mali again with a late winner as they emerged the first victors at the African Nations Cup finals, beating Niger 1-0 in Group B on Sunday.

Soccer-Late Keita goal gives Mali victory over Niger

By Mark Gleeson PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Skipper Seydou Keita broke the deadlock in the 84th minute to give Mali a 1-0 win over Niger and become the first team to collect three points for a victory in the African Nations Cup on Sunday.

Soccer-Mali v Niger - African Nations Cup teams

PORT ELIZABETH, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Teams for the African Nations Cup Group B match between Mali and Niger at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday: Mali: 1-Mamadou Samassa; 2-Fousseiny Diawara, 3-Adama Tamboura, 13-Molla Wague, 21-Mahamadou Ndiaye; 8-Kalilou Traore, 12-Seydou Keita, 17-Mahamane Traore, 7-Cheick Fantamady Diarra; 11-Sigamary Diarra, 9-Cheick Tidiane Diabate
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