• Senegal edged into the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations semifinals with a slender 1-0 win over Benin at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal on Thursday.
  • As a result, the home-based Teranga Lions await the quarter-final winner between Mali and Sierra Leone in the semifinals of WAFU Cup Cup competition on Oct. 8.

Sierra Leone eliminated Liberia in their first contest while the Mali cruise past Niger 3-1 in their opener.

For the first time, Sierra Leone will engage in the tournament quarter-finals.

The Malians are likely to be without key midfielder Sadio Kanoute when they face Sierra Leone Stars at the Stade Dior Stadium (Thies Senegal) on Sunday.

The midfielder has confirmed that he’s a doubt for the Eagles’ Wafu Cup quarter-final after picking up a knee injury.

The Stade Malien man started Mali’s tournament opener, a 3-1 victory over Niger, but is not training ahead of Saturday’s quarter-final against Sierra Leone.

“I picked up a small knock to my knee,” he told Goal, “and the pain is preventing me from training.

However, no injuries reported as Sellas Tetteh aiming to reach the tournament semis for the first time.

In the last edition, Sierra Leone was eliminated by Nigeria following a 2-0 defeat in the preliminary round in September 2017 at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.

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