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Coulibaly likes Mali



Wednesday’s titanic Africa Cup of Nations semifinal clash between Mali and Nigeria is creating tensed moments for Warri Wolves' star, Adama Coulibaly, one of the top foreign imports in the Nigeria Premier league.

The Malian import told supersport.com that he has enjoyed the Afcon until both teams qualified for the semifinals.

Coulibaly, who is in his fourth season in the Nigerian league, has three of his Wolves teammates: Chigozie Agbim, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Man-of-the-Match in the quarterfinal tie against Cote d’Ivoire, Sunday Mba at the Afcon to underscore his closeness to Stephen Keshi’s contingent.

The other three NPL stars in the team, Gabriel Reuben, Ejike Uzoenyi and Godfrey Oboabona are also familiar opponents in the league.

In fact, his teammates at Wolves have told him Nigeria will emerge victorious on matchday.

“Nigeria has become home for me since 2009 which makes me a loyal fan of the Super Eagles. Besides, my teammates and others in the NPL are in South Africa with the Nigerian team.

“Mba has been exceptional which is no surprise to me considering his performance for Wolves.

“Wednesday’s match against my country means I have to support one team. It’s a difficult decision, I’ll have to go for Mali. But it's a match that can go either way because both teams are strong,” Coulibaly said to supersport.com.

The Malian defender stated that the performance of Mba and Oboabona at the Afcon is a confirmation of the quality of players in the Nigerian league.

“I’ve enjoyed football in Nigeria,” Coulibaly told supersport.com.

The influential Malian was nominated in the Best Foreign Player category by the respected League Bloggers Awards (LBA) in 2012.

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