Diarra features as Mali Under-23s earn victory over Gabon.
– Brahima Diarra earns a second cap for Mali Under-23s
– 19-year-old makes U23 African Cup of Nations tournament debut
– French-born youngster comes on as a late substitute.
Brahima Diarra made his debut in the prestigious Under-23 African Cup of Nations tournament on Sunday evening as his nation, Mali, got off to a winning start!
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder earned his second cap at Under-23 level as a 94th minute substitute, replacing FC Luzern midfielder Mamady Diambou, as his nation defeated Gabon 3-1 to go top of their group.
The game took place in Tangier, with the tournament being hosted by Morocco. Eight teams have qualified for the tournament and have been split into two groups, with the top two from each group progressing to the knockout stages.
Mali’s victory puts them top of Group B after one game played, with every team playing each other once across three fixtures. Brahima’s group also includes reigning U23 AFCON champions Egypt and Niger, who shared a goalless draw in the night’s earlier fixture.
Next up for Diarra and Mali is a game against the Egyptians, which takes place at 6pm UK time on Wednesday evening.
Making his debut in the tournament is the latest achievement in a breakthrough season for Diarra, who featured regularly under Manager Neil Warnock as Town secured their Sky Bet Championship status in 2022/23. 21 of his 23 First Team appearances for the Terriers came last season, and he played in 10 of Warnock’s 15 games in charge.
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