Mali will take on Mauritania in the opening Group E match of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Group also has Angola and Tunisia. The Malians are presently in average shape having won thrice, drawn twice and lost once in their last six matches. The team most recently lost 3-2 to Algeria with Mohammed Brahdji accounting for the two goals. Next opponents, Mauritania have won thrice and lost thrice in their last six matches. Moctar El Hacen scored the team's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Benin last week.
Mali are better experienced in international football compared to Mauritania and will continue bidding for a victory in this tournament opener. Expect a victory for the Malians.