Football in Mali
A nation renowned for its passion for football, Mali has produced a number of talented players over the years. The best-known include Salif Keita «Domingo» and Mamadou Keita «Capi», who both won countless honours at domestic and international level. Impressive performances at the African Cup of Nations (finalists in 1972, semi-finalists in 1994 and 2002) and in various African age-group championships have gone some way to show the extent of Mali's pool of football talent. The Malians also reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Youth Championship 1999 in Nigeria on their way to the bronze medal. Positive moves are also underway in women's football. The number of women players is increasing all the time, and the national association has entered all continental championships, both with and without age restrictions, in recent years.
The first Goal Project
On 19 January 2002, the new headquarters of the national association were opened in the nation's capital, Bamako. Celebrations marking the event coincided with the CAF Congress and the African Cup of Nations. The long list of honorary guests included FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. The modern building now lies at the very heart of football in Mali and incorporates rooms for meetings, conferences and seminars in addition to up-to-date facilities for day-to-day work. By donating land, the Malian Government contributed to the successful completion of the project. The head of the Development Office in Cairo has visited the Malian football association several times since the headquarters opened. During his trips, he could see that the facilities had been carefully looked after and were still in excellent condition. The national association has enlisted the services of specialist external companies to take care of the upkeep of the property.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters in Bamako
Project approved
13 February 2001
Opened on 19 January 2002
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 126,699 Government Land Total cost USD 526,699