Nigeria vs Mali live score, result, lineups, stats from international friendly match in Morocco

Nigeria face Mali in their second international friendly in Marrakesh, Morocco of the March 2024 international break.

The Super Eagles defeated Ghana 2-1 last Friday in a positive result and performance for interim head coach Finidi George, the former Ajax and Real Betis winger who won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

George will hope for a similar outcome against Mali on Tuesday, Les Aigles having beaten Mauritania 2-0 last week. Although 19 places separate these sides in the FIFA rankings, Mali have plenty of firepower to pose problems for Nigeria, not least through striker El Bilal Toure, a player desperate to rediscover top form and fitness after an injury-plagued season with Atalanta in Serie A.

The Sporting News will provide live score updates from the match between Nigeria and Mali below.

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Nigeria vs Mali live score

  1st Half Goal scorers
Nigeria 0  
Mali 1 Toure 18′

Confirmed lineups:

Nigeria (3-4-3, right to left): Nwabali (GK) — Omeruo, Awaziem, Ajayi — Osayi-Samuel, Ndidi, Onyedika, Collins — Iwobi, Iheanacho, Simon

Mali (4-3-3, right to left): Samassa (GK) — Traore, Kouyate, Sagnon, Guindo — Coulibaly, Samassekou, Haidara — Toure, K. Doumbia, Sinayoko

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Nigeria vs Mali stats and head-to-head

This will be the 12th meeting between these nations. Nigeria have the head-to-head advantage, with six wins and just two defeats in those previous games.

Indeed, Mali’s most recent win over the Super Eagles was a 4-1 friendly victory way back in 1975.

Nigeria wins Draws Mali wins
6 3 2
Biggest victory   Biggest victory
4-1 (AFCON, 2013)   4-1 (Friendly, 1975)

Nigeria vs Mali kick off time

This international friendly kicks off at 9 p.m. local time in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Here is how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Tues, Mar. 26 5 p.m. ET
Canada Tues, Mar. 26 5 p.m. ET
UK Tues, Mar. 26 9 p.m. GMT
Australia Weds, Mar. 27 8 a.m.. AEDT
India Weds, Mar. 27 2:30 a.m. IST

Nigeria vs Mali lineups, team news

Finidi George has been hamstrung by injuries in this international break to key stars including Victor OsimhenWilliam Troost-EkongVictor Boniface, Ola Aina, and Zaidu Sanusi. Midfielder Frank Onyeka has also withdrawn from the squad.

He has rotated a little from the team that started against Ghana. Experienced centre-back Kenneth Omeruo comes in, while Wilfred Ndidi starts in midfield.

Nigeria (3-4-3, right to left): Nwabali (GK) — Omeruo, Awaziem, Ajayi — Osayi-Samuel, Ndidi, Onyedika, Collins — Iwobi, Iheanacho, Simon

Nigeria subs: Uzoho, Ojo, Tanimu, Lookman, Dessers, Umar, Tella, Dele-Bashiru, Onyemaechi, Yusuf

Mali were 2-0 winners over Mauritania in their previous match, but this will represent a sterner test of their qualities.

Mali (4-3-3, right to left): Samassa (GK) — Traore, Kouyate, Sagnon, Guindo — Coulibaly, Samassekou, Haidara — Toure, K. Doumbia, Sinayoko

Mali subs: Diarra, Sacko, Fofana, Maiga, M. Doumbia, Diaby, Diambou, Sylla, Dorgelles, Diabate, Niakate, Sissoko

Nigeria vs Mali live stream, TV channel

This match is not widely available to watch in major English-language territories, but international customers of bet365 should be able to follow a live stream from the stadium in Morocco.

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