Mali count on Keshi

BAMAKO - Nigerian Stephen Keshi, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player in 1994, was appointed coach of Mali after the 2008 edition in Ghana with the job of securing the West African state's ticket to Angola.

BAMAKO - Nigerian Stephen Keshi, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player in 1994, was appointed coach of Mali after the 2008 edition in Ghana with the job of securing the West African state's ticket to Angola.

He accomplished his mission and will be hoping for a more enjoyable experience than when, as the coach of Togo in 2006, his team failed to pick up a single point in Egypt.

Keshi, who had taken tiny Togo to the 2006 World Cup, will have to draw on all his know-how over the next few weeks with Mali in a tough group with hosts Angola, World Cup finalists Algeria and Malawi.

Mali are counting on a little of the Keshi magic to rub off on their 2010 campaign. - Sapa-AFP

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