Tunisia 0-0 Mali LIVE: Manchester United teenager Hannibal Mejbri comes up against Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo in intriguing battle for AFCON’s opening Group F match
- Tunisia get Group F campaign started as they come up against Mali in Limbe
- There will be plenty of eyes monitoring the form of Mali star Yves Bissouma
- Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri is a star in the making for Tunisia
- READ: Mali ‘suspend training’ hours ahead of their opening AFCON match after a gun battle broke out between rebels and Government forces close to their base
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The Limbe Stadium is playing host to the opening Group F match of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations as Tunisia play Mali.
There will be a few familiar faces on both sides with highly-rated Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma and Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo among Mali’s biggest stars.
For Tunisia, they will look to Manchester United teenager Hannibal Mejbri to provide a creative spark in midfield.
Follow Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT for live Africa Cup of Nations coverage of Tunisia vs Mali, including build-up, team news and updates.
24min: This has faded into something of a nothing game, lots of scruffy fouls that are breaking the game up.
Mali still well on top and Tunisia may already be looking to getting to half-time to try and work out where this has gone so wrong.
13min: Tunisia have yet to lay any sort of siege on the goal of Ibrahim Mounkoro and I have to say I’m surprised.
I was expecting a lot more production out of Mejbri, Naïm Sliti and Wahbi Khazri.
8min: Tunisia have got some problems down their right side of defence. They need to get better at communicating between right wing-back Hamza Mathlouthi and right centre back Dylan Bronn,
Failure to do that and it won’t be long before Djenepo makes one of these mistakes count.
4min: It’s a good start from Mali as they look to catch Tunisia napping down the left side of defence.
Ibrahima Kone gets a yard of space but his shot is well away from the near post and is a relief for Tunisia.
Keep an eye on Moussa Djenepo, too. He’s looked lively.
Pennants exchanged and we aren’t far away now
Here we go for Group F then… all getting going in Limbe.
Mauritiana and Gambia will turn out at the same stadium later on. For now we look to Tunisia and Mali.
Not long to go now, players are out warming up and kick-off will be with us aat 1pm.
I’m keen to get a look at Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri. He’s particularly highly-rated by those back at Carrington.
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It was 2004 the last time Tunisia won the Africa Cup of Nations.
They get their campaign going today against Mali in a group that also contains Gambia and Mauritiana.
Today’s match should tell us a lot of what this group managed by Mondher Kebaier are made of.
Mali ‘suspend training’ hours ahead of their opening Afcon match against Tunisia after a gun battle broke out between rebels and Government forces close to their base in Cameroon, killing two
Armed fighters have stormed a town in south west Cameroon close to the training base used by the Mali and Gambia teams at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Mali team has suspended training prior to their match against Tunisia in nearby Limbe this afternoon, according to the Cameroon News Agency. Mali are due to play Tunisia in the opening game of Group F at the Afcon, this afternoon [Wednesday].
FULL STORY HERE.
One of the stadium workers is currently going round Limbe Stadium and disinfecting posts and signage.
All part of the Covid protocol…
Tunisia XI: Ben Said;Mathlouthi, Ifa, Talbi,Bronn,Maaloul;Skhiri,Laidouni; Mejbri,Khazri,Sliti.
Mali XI: Mounkoro; H.Traore,Sacko, Kouyate, M.Haidara; A.Haidara, Samassekou;Adama Traore,Malouda, Djenepo; Kone.
Here we are then, welcome to live coverage of Tunisia v Mali at the Limbe Stadium!
It is the opening fixture in Group F at AFCON and one both sides will feel could be the determiner as to who gets top spot as the two favoured teams in the group…
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