Sekou Diallo, Mali coach
"As I’ve said before, we didn’t have the best preparations for the tournament. We were really affected by the altitude in Bogota and we didn’t have time to adapt. A lot of the players are based in Europe and have been on holiday, which meant that we weren’t in the ideal physical shape. Even so, Mali are a strong team with plenty of tradition behind it, and we’re coming on stronger and stronger. It’s just a shame we couldn’t give the best account of ourselves here. We’re going home now, but we’d like to thank the Colombians for the support we’ve had. They’ve treated us very well and I wish the home side luck."
Francis Smerecki, France coach
"We’re not that happy with the way things have gone so far. We’re not playing as well as we usually do, and I’d say we’re at about 50 or 60 per cent of our potential, which I’m a little worried about. From a mental viewpoint this was an important victory for us today, but there are a lot of things we need to improve. The important thing is that the players are giving everything they have in executing our game plans although some of them seem to be a little nervous. We’ve got five days to work with now and to try and find the level we’re looking for. We know about Ecuador, but we’ve never seen Costa Rica and we also need to keep an eye on Australia. Any one of those three will be difficult opponents, but the most important thing is that we focus on what we have to do."