Mali coach Nouhoun Diane says they will exploit the weaknesses of Guinea when the neighbours clash in the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship [CHAN] in Cameroon on Wednesday.
But the Eagles will have to dig deep t to win the match at the Japoma Stadium in Douala against a solid Guinean side which is undefeated in four matches at the tournament designed exclusively for home-based players.
The Sylli National have scored seven times and conceded only three since the start of the competition which has made it one of the most feared sides in the tournament.
Despite their solid showing in the tournament so far, the coach of Mali says the Guineans have some flaws in their tactics that will be exploited in the last four match.
“I think it will not be an easy game. The proximity of the two countries makes it a great encounter. It will be a great game,” Nouhoum said in the pre-match press conference.
“But we are in the semi-finals, and our ambitions are to play in the final. Guinea have a good team, but we will exploit their weakness.”
Mali defeated Congo 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-final to be able to seal a place in the semi-final to face their neighbours Guinea.
They finished top of Group A with seven points ahead of second-placed Cameroon after winning their matches against Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe and drawing with the host nation.