The group stage is complete at the African Nations Championship and the third round of matches was an absolute treat to watch. Drama in groups that previously featured few goals inspired teams to be more adventurous. As a result we saw the highest scoring match in CHAN history between Morocco and Uganda as well as other thrillers with multiple goals. Pan-Africa Football runs through the results as well as linking to the highlights and providing a featured player from each group.
Mali’s full-backs and their impact at both shutting down opposition flank players and initiating attacks has been documented here, but the wide defenders for the hosts have been the standout performers on the Intermediate Lions to make up for an anemic attack. Left-back Serge Andoulo is more defensive oriented but Hassana Mamoudou has been excellent playing both ways down the right flank. The 21-year-old Coton Sport defender has a lanky frame and long strides that allow him to win physical battles against smaller wingers while being able to keep up with them adequately. Mamoudou’s ability to get forward and well-measured crossing is his best attribute and the clip below highlights the attacking instincts potential suitors will like: