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Soccer-Mali bank on Keita to deliver first World Cup place

By Mark Gleeson PORT ELIZABETH, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Mali are banking on midfield maestro Seydou Keita to stick around for a while so that he can help them to secure a place in the World Cup finals for the first time. Coach Patrice Carteron said the influential 33-year-old had spurred Mali to finish third at the African Nations Cup and his presence would inspire the rest of the team as they chase a place in Brazil 2014.

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.
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