Man of the match: Sambou Yatabare

Following their gutsy display against Cameroon in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations opening match in Group D, Mali’s Sambou Yatabare was instrumental in ensuring his side collected one point.

Bakary Sako, Seydou Keita and Sambou’s brother, Mustapha, were all influential in ensuring the Eagles registered one point.

The man who plies his trade for Olympiakos on loan from Guingamp in France signalled his intentions from the early stages of the match when he made his entry into the box, only to see his attempt saved by the Indomitable Lions shot-stopper Fabrice Ondoa.

Although they fell asleep after coming back from the half-time break, they managed to put their act together and gave Volker Finke’s men no room to manoeuvre.

In the 70th minute, Yatabare was unmarked in the box, a ball whipped in from the left following a foul on skipper Keita. He coolly chest trapped the ball and hit a powerful shot to beat Ondoa, thus giving the Eagles a deserved lead.

Towards the dying minutes of the match, the player probed for another goal but the Cameroonians were vigilant and kept a close eye on him.

In the 91st minute, he received a pass from the skipper but he was flagged offside and collided with the keeper, he was therefore taken off for Abdou Traore.

Although they’ll be disappointed in not collecting maximum points, his abilities in taking on defenders were good enough to see the Eagles off to a bright start in the 30th AFCON tournament as they collected a point.