Guinea star Sylla targets Mali scalp, reveals free-kick secret

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Guinea playmaker Morlaye Sylla has played down his personal ambitions insisting his key desire is to ensure that they defeat Mali in Wednesday’s semi-final at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon.

The Horoya midfielder revealed the secret that helped him score a masterful late free-kick in their quarter-final clash with Rwanda on Sunday that secured them a place in the last four of the tournament.

His performance in the match secured him this third Man-of-the-Match of the tournament designed exclusively for home-based players, sparking hopes in some quarters that he could be the best player of the competition.

Sylla played down his heroics having scored some exciting goals and displayed beautiful football in the tournament, focusing on their clash with their neighbors Mali in the Japoma Stadium in Douala.

''I think it's not over yet! I'm not the best yet, I will try to prepare for the upcoming match against Mali. The objective is to go to the final, and we have this game left to go to the final,” Sylla told reporters on Monday night.

Much of the debate over his performance has been focused on the classic free-kick he scored in the match against the Amavubi in Limbe, but the former Fello Star of Labé player insists this is not the first time he has scored from a similar chance.

This is not the first time that I have scored from that position. In Senegal during the WAFU tournament, I scored roughly the same goal,” Sylla said when speaking about the match against Rwanda.

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“And as soon as I saw that it is the same position I told defender Mohamed Coumbassa to let me shoot. And I told him that I can score, and I even swore that I will score, '' said the 22-year-old.

Sylla will be hoping to replicate his heroics in the tournament when they clash with Mali in what is expected to be an exciting encounter.

The two countries will be fighting to reach the final of the tournament to be played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Sunday.