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Double wahala for Mali



Na beta wailing bin full Bamako (Mali capital) on Wednesday, afta Naija bulala dem 4-1, as de whole contri bin dey pray say make dia team enta final.

"Eyah!" na im dia supportas dey halla, as dem dey look de match for television for inside one market for Bamako.

Mali dey fite one kin gbege for dia contri and "if to say we reach semifinal, e for comot our mind for de gbege wey dey house," na im Diakari Dia dey halla, as he dey voke for "playas wey no sabi, dey fall anyhow and French coachi wey no sabi anytin."

Many pipu for de market change de channel for haftime, wen Naija bin dey lead 3-kondo.

For one waterside area, de owner of one small beer parlor tok say many guymen stand up waka wen e be like say Mali no go fit ekwalise.

"Afta de fess goal, all man quiet. Afta de second one, pipu dey feel say Mali fit still do sontin. As third goal enta, na so haf of my customa waka comot. Wen Naija score four, na onli gree-die men remain," na im Ibrahim Tounkara yarn.

One sine dey de front of the beer parlor. E tok say "One Mali join titi lailai."

Tounkara tok say na around las year dem put am dia, afta serious gbege bin hapin for Mali, as some pipu dey fite.

E no too tay bifor France come helep Mali and na dem dey front as dem dey fite gbege wey don reach 27 days now. Dem dey fite pipu wey wan divide de contri.

"War and futbal no be de same sha," na im Tounkara tok, even tho he tok say de tin pain all man for dia contri wey "ball don be like religion."

For inside de market, law student Mohamed Diarra jus dey hail Mali skippo, Seydou Keita, even tho he no score any goal.

"We send Keita well, well! He sabi fite and he dey always fite for Mali."

Boubacar Guitteye dey draw and he tok he no dey like join ball wit politics onli say "pipu for happi well, well if to say we win, espeshally for de part wey serious gbege dey hapin."

"To dey lose match no be new tin for us sha. E dey pain but we go forget am."

For one small part of North wey dem dey call Douentza, gbege bin serious for dia and de pipu wey bin dey cause war bin dey dia reach 10 month, till France soja come free dem. Wen de match bin dey hapin, evritin stop.

Nepa no dey dia, but all man use 'I beta pass my neighbour' as match wan start and na so men gada round television.

"We bin wan make dem win. Na two win we dey bin dey fin; one for Nations Cup and one for dis gbege wey dey hapin for we contri. For Nations Cup own, our morale don low well, well. Make we no tok lie, dem bulala us wella," na im Harouna Dolo tok.



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