With Parisian Mohamed Sissoko in the starting line-up, Mali drew 1-1 with the Democratic Republic of Congo in their third match at the AFCON 2013 in South Africa on Monday, January 28 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
The point taken from the draw against former PSG man Youssouf Mulumbu's DRC took Patrice Carteron's men to second place in Group B and qualified Mali for the quarter-finals along with Ghana, who beat Niger 3-0 in the group's other match.
In the next rounf, Mali take on host nation South Africa on Saturday, February 2. Ghana face Cape Verde.
REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO 1-1 MALI (1-1)
Africa Cup of Nations 2013 - Group B - Matchday 3
Moses Mabhida Stadium (Durban)
Goals: Mbokani (3', pen.) for the Democratic Republic of Congo, M. Samassa (14') for Mali.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Muteba Kidiaba - Mpenko, Zakuani, Mongongu, Kasusula - Kaluyituka (Kanda, 79'), Makiadi, Mulumbu (c), Lua Lua (Mputu, 46') - Mbokani, Diba (Kabangu, 86'). Coach: Claude Le Roy.
MALI: M. Samassa - Coulibaly, Diawara, Wagué, Tamboura - Keita (c), Sissoko (Traoré, 73'), Sow - Diakité (Diarra, 87'), Maïga - M. Samassa (Diabaté, 78'). Coach: Patrice Carteron.
Group B fixtures/results:
Sunday, January 20, 2013: Mali 1-0 Niger
Thursday, January 24, 2013: Ghana 1-0 Mali
Monday, January 28, 2013: Democratic Republic of Congo 1-1 Mali
Group B standings:
1. Ghana / 7 points, +4 (3 matches played)
2. Mali / 4 pts, 0 (3 m.p.)
3. République Démocratique du Congo / 3 pts, 0 (3 m.p.)
4. Niger / 1 pt, -4 (3 m.p.)