Mali and Uganda played out to a 1-1 draw in their final game of Group D at the Stade de O'yem in Gabon on Wednesday night as both teams bowed out of the 2017 AFCON.
- Uganda 1 Mali 1
- Farouk Miya scores a wonder goal for Mali
- Yves Bissouma pulls Uganda level
- Rain soaks pitch and makes conditions tough
- It ends all square as both sides crash out
The tough conditions played a big role in the draw as both teams failed to conjure up clear goal scoring chances. Second half stunners from Yves Bissouma and Farouk Miya gave the fans some joy in an otherwise drab affair.
Mali exit tournament in group stages for the second consecutive tournament, having not won a single game after losing to Ghana and drawing with Egypt and Uganda. Cranes finish bottom of group D and bow out of their first AFCON finals in 39 years.
Both teams found it difficult to get going with the rain creating challenging underfoot conditions. It was clear that the water logged pitch was going to play a major part.
That was highlighted with the very first chance of the game which went the way of Uganda. Farouk Miya played a delightful ball with the outside of his foot to send Luwagga Kizito through on goal. The winger, who plays his football in Portugal for Rio Ave, was deceived as the ball held up on the saturated surface.
The Eagles went close in the 25th minute. A good square ball by Yves Bissouma found Yacouba Sylla on the edge of the area, but the France-based midfielder's curling effort sailed just over the bar.
The Cranes took the lead in the 70th minute in sublime fashion. Tony Mawejje found Miya in the middle of the park and the Standard Liege forward hit a long range stunner to give his team the lead.
The West Africans were level just two minutes later. A direct free-kick from just outside the box was thumped into the top left hand corner by Bissouma.
It was a disappointing end to the tournament for both nations who at the very least would have wanted to go home with a victory under their belt.