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Morocco, Mali play first draw of Aisha Buhari Cup

The Atlas Lionesses and the Female Eagles of Mali were involved in the first draw of the ongoing Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena yesterday. The two teams will rue the chances missed as they could have secured a win.

The North Africans dominated possession and moved the ball around quickly in a bid to unsettle the resolute Malian defence. The Female Eagles lost their opening fixture to the Super Falcons of Nigeria on the opening day and were determined to avoid defeat on matchday 2.

Oumou Kone had a brilliant opportunity to put Mali ahead in the 52nd minute off a defensive error by Zineb Redouani, but her shot flew wide of the goalpost.

Six minutes later, Fatima Tagnaout missed narrowly with the net gaping after a good run and cross by Mssoudy. In the 61st minute, Badri let fly a shot from outside the box but Fatoumata was able.

The Atlas Lionesses finished their campaign with four points and immediately flew out of Lagos aboard an Air France flight to Paris, to connect Casablanca today.

Mali gained one point and would remain grateful for the opportunity offered by the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament to measure their strength ahead of next month’s 2022 Women AFCON qualifying fixtures.

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