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History, Time And Where To Watch Super Eagles Face Mali’s Eagles

The Super Eagles of Nigeria face off against the Les Aigles of Mali in an international friendly on Tuesday.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 26th March 2024

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are gearing up to face off against the Les Aigles of Mali in an eagerly anticipated international friendly match set to take place in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.


BOUNCE takes you through a comprehensive guide to all you need to know about this clash between two West African football powerhouses.


In a high-profile friendly encounter played last Friday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria emerged victorious over the 10-man Black Stars of Ghana. This triumph served as a redemption for Nigeria, who bounced back strongly after suffering a heartbreaking loss in last month’s Africa Cup of Nations final.





The Super Eagles secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over their West African counterparts, marking their first match since a disappointing defeat against hosts Ivory Coast in the AFCON final back in February. 


This triumph provided a much-needed boost for the interim manager and Nigeria legend Finidi George, further fueling his aspirations of assuming the team’s full-time manager role.



In the absence of the team’s star, Victor Osimhen, due to injury, Rangers forward Cyriel Dessers stepped up to the plate for Nigeria, providing a crucial advantage from the penalty spot.


After yet another series of disappointing performances in the AFCON campaign, Jerome Opoku‘s sudden dismissal under unclear circumstances left the Black Stars facing an uphill battle.


Ademola Lookman, who came on as a substitute in the 79th minute, scored a late goal for Nigeria to extend his impressive run of play at the international level.


Very late in the game, Jordan Ayew provided a consolation goal by sending Stanley Nwabali flying from 12 yards.



Following their 2-0 victory over Mauritania on Friday night, Mali’s national team, the Eagles, made a clear statement to Nigeria’s Super Eagles.



Mali clinched a 2-0 win against Mauritania and declared their readiness for the upcoming match against Nigeria.


El Bilal Toure netted the second goal of the game to secure the victory, following Modibo Sagnan‘s opener in the first half.




Mali and Nigeria are both represented by the fitting moniker “Eagles.”


Their last encounter in a friendly match took place in the summer of 2016, resulting in a draw in Rouen, France.


DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 06: Seydou Keita of Mali with a tackle on Sunday Mba of Nigeria during the 2013 African Cup of Nations Semi-Final match between Mali and Nigeria at Moses Mahbida Stadium on February 06, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)


Three years earlier, during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in Durban, the Malian Eagles suffered a 1-4 defeat against the eventual champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria.




In Marrakech, Mali and Nigeria will face off to conclude the first international window of 2024.


The match between Nigeria and Mali is scheduled to take place at the Stade de Marrakech on Tuesday, March 26, with a kickoff time of 9 PM Nigerian time.


Fans can catch the action live on DSTV and the official YouTube Platform of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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