Mali crush South Sudan 3-0 in Nations Cup qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 4 Jun 2016

Mali national football team players celebrate (Photo: Reuters)

Mali defeated South Sudan 3-0 in the penultimate round of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group C on Saturday.

Mali were the better side despite playing away from home to continue their bid to reach next year's Nations Cup finals on Gabon.

Striker Abdouly Diaby, who playes for Belgian side Club Brugge, opened the scoring seven minutes before the break to give Mali a first-half lead.

Winger Modibo Maiga doubled their advantage and midfielder Moussa Doumbia completed the rout.

Mali are leading Group C with 13 points, five clear of Benin, who still have two matches in hand.  

In other games, Sierra Leone claimed a 1-0 home win over Sudan in Group I while South Africa smashed Gambia 4-0 in Group M but the latter duo are already out of the race as Cameroon had already secured their AFCON berth. 

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