AWCON 2016: We lost to a better Nigerian team – Mali Coach

Photo credit:

After receiving some football lessons from the Super Falcons of Nigeria in their opening game of the Africa Women Cup of Nations Cup, Mali Coach, Oumar Guindo, has given thumps up to the Coach Florence Omagbemi tutored side.

The Malians were turned apart in Sunday’s Group B clash, 6-0. The coach confessed that the thrashing was not surprising going by the pedigree of the Falcons who are an astonishing seven-time African Champions.

Photo credit: Diamond Fountain Media
Photo credit: Diamond Fountain Media

“To play a team like Nigeria in the first match at a tournament of this nature is always going to be difficult,” he said during his post match press conference.

“We met a strong team and it was not easy for us. We are a young team and my players have yet to adapt.

“ For six years, Mali failed to qualify for the final tournament of the Women’s AFCON until this year.”

Coach Oumar also lamented that the preparation of the Mali team does not give room for much optimism.

“Our preparation was not the best as we played only one friendly match against Cameroon.

“After that, we did not test our readiness against any tough opposition.”

Though they were humiliated in their first match, the Mali coach said it is too early to give up on qualifying from the group that also houses Kenya and Ghana

“There are still two matches to play. Our objective remains going past the group stage and we will work towards achieving that.

“We are a young team and are hoping that in the near future we will be at the level of a team from Nigeria,” he said.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.