Nigeria vs Mali: Match Expectations, Venue, Key Players, Kick Off Times, Where to Watch

Nigeria vs Mali: Match Expectations, Venue, Key Players, Kick Off Times, Where to Watch

Raphael Abiola
updated at March 26, 2024 at 6:33 AM
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  • Nigeria and Mali will meet for their second respective friendly match in Morocco
  • The two West African nations will be without some of their top stars for the game
  • Sports Brief looks at all you need to know about the clash between the two Eagles

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on the Eagles of Mali in their second respective international friendly tonight (March 26) in Morocco.

Nigeria and Mali won their first friendly games against Ghana and Mauritania, respectively, and are both gunning for their second wins.

Sports Brief looks at the few things you need to know ahead of 'the battle of the Eagles'.

Nigeria and Mali will face in an international friendly on Friday in Morocco. Photo: @NGSuperEagles/@femafoot.
Nigeria and Mali will face off in an international friendly on Friday in Morocco. Photo: @NGSuperEagles/@femafoot.
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All you need to know about Nigeria vs Mali

Venue

The match will take place at the same venue where the Super Eagles defeated Ghana - the Grand de Stade in Marrakech, Morocco.

Kick-off time

The kick-off time is set for 8:00PM Moroccan Time - which equates to 7:00PM GMT and 9:00PM Nigerian Time (WAT).

Where to watch

There would be live updates on both teams' official handles on X and via NFF partners - Blend TV will also broadcast the match.

What to expect in the game

Finidi George will be in charge of the Super Eagles for his second game since being named the interim coach.

On the other hand, Eric Chelle has been Mali's coach since 2022 and led them to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations 2023.

Like the Ghana game, Nigeria is the favourite to win the tie, as Mali's Eagles have been searching for their first win against the three-time African champions since 1978.

Key players

Nigeria will be without some of their key players due to injury. Calvin Bassey and Frank Onyeka have returned to their clubs in England to continue their recovery process.

Despite injury problems, the Super Eagles still boast players like Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Cyril Dessers, Ademola Lookman, and Wilfred Ndidi, who are all available for the tie.

Mali will be without Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Yves Bissouma, but still have the likes of Hamari Traore, Amadou Haidara, and Lassine Sinayoko available.

Mali players that Nigeria should be cautious of

Sports Brief earlier listed Mali players Nigeria should be wary of in their encounter on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles are set to clash with Les Aigles in an international friendly match in Morocco.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.