Stade Municipal Niamey
Full-Time: Mali 3-1 Cameroon
Mali took early control of Group B with a hard fought 3-1 win over Cameroon in a keenly contested encounter at the Stade Municipal in the second of Monday's double-header at the CAFU17 finals in Niamey.
The two sides engaged in a fast-paced tussle from start to finish and the half-time deadlock was only broken on 49minutes when Mamadou Sangare volleyed home to give Mali the lead. Sidiki Maiga went close nine minutes later but Cameroon goal minder Cedric Tchotcheu saved well.
Cameroon skipper Martin Hongla restored parity on the hour mark as the two sides exhibited thrilling end-top-end tough action before a vociferous packed arena.
With the win, Mali assumed early leadership of group B which earlier saw defending champions Cote d'Ivoire come from two goals to draw with South Africa's Amajimbos 2-2.