July 24, 2024

Malian junta slashes football match tickets to celebrate victory over armed rebels  

The Military authorities in Mali have slashed the World Cup qualifier match tickets to celebrate the army’s win against armed rebels in Kidal

the Sports Ministry announced on Wednesday in a Facebook post that the price of general admission tickets against Chad on Friday and the Central African Republic on Monday will be lowered to 1,000 CFA francs ($1.65).

The World Cup qualifier match against Chad took place in the capital, Bamako, where the Eagles won 3-1 against the Chadian team.

“The Minister invites the sporting public and the youth of Mali to a great mobilisation on November 17 and 20… to celebrate this historic victory of the armed and security forces with the Eagles of Mali”, the statement said.

“The Malian Football Federation announced prices would be reduced to “enable the Eagles to make a strong start” in the qualifiers, without referring to Kidal.

Recall that Mali’s military took the town of Kidal from predominantly Tuareg rebel groups after a faceoff on Tuesday.

The military rulers in the West African country have made it a priority to re-establish sovereignty over all regions since taking power in a coup in 2020.

Mali has been struggling with internal security challenges following the outbreak of the Tuareg insurgency in 2012, inflicting heavy defeats on the army before agreeing to a ceasefire in 2014 and a peace deal in 2015.

The 2012 clash coincided with the fight against extremist terrorists that has spread to Burkina Faso and Niger.

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