Mali vs Iraq: 5 players to watch out for in this FIFA U17 World Cup fixture
Mali takes on Iraq in the pre-quarterfinal fixture and here are,
5 players to watch out for in the match:
1) Hadji Drame:
Player to Watch 🇲🇱: Hadji Drame (17)
Not only Mali's best player at the U-17 AFCON with 3 ⚽️ and 1 🅰️, but also their best goal celebrator. pic.twitter.com/dz9C7YaNpA
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The Malinke forward scored the first goal for Mali in this World Cup. His strength, speed, agility and game reading differenciates him from other players on the ground. He knows exactly what to do when. He will be the main man for Mali to watch out in this game.
2) Lassana N’Diaye:
The 16-year old Mali forward has done quite a great destruction for the Mali U-17 team in all competitions. As their coach Jonas Kokou Komla claims “Lassana is the future of Malinke football”, it is quite true that he is what he has been claimed to be. He has played for Mali U-19 team and as per some reports in Germany; Eintracht Frankfurt is going to offer him a contract.
Iraq’s biggest star is forward Mohammed Dawood, who emerged the leading goal-scorer in the 2016 AFC Championship. With a strong physique and good pace, Dawood, who failed to score in the first two matches, found the mark against Oman in the team’s final group match. A brace against Uzbekistan and a hat-trick against Japan helped Iraq remain on course. The performance earned Dawood the Player of the Tournament award.
4) Saif Khalid Shayyal
Khalid has been captain of the Iraqi national team since its formation about two years ago. With a strong personality on the pitch, keen sporting values, and the confidence of his team-mates, it is no surprise that coach Qahtan Jathir saw in him the attributes needed to be both a skipper and a leader.
Al-Elayawi who is as good as Dawood in one-on-one situations, is quite competent. He along with Saif Shayyal with Dawood make the Iraqi attack formidable.