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Coach of the Under 17 team of Mali Baye Ba said he is proud of his team’s achievement at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Chile despite losing to Nigeria 2-0 in the final.

“It is the first time Mali reached the final. If you believe that you can win a game, then you are sad when you lose. Nevertheless we can be very proud. Not many teams reached the second place” Baye Ba said.

Mali U17 team beat Belgium 3-1 in their semi final game to set up a final match with the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria and lost 2-0 to the defending champions.

Baye Ba faults his team’s loss to loss of concentration and being “unorganised.”

“It was a tough match. Nigeria were well-placed and we often acted very unorganised. We didn’t pay attention twice and conceded two goals. It is how it is. One team wins because the other team makes mistakes.

“Our goal is to have a senior team who can win. We will continue our work. Everything is installed in our youth programmes so that we will reach another final in the future..”

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