Keita plays for peace in Mali
Johannesburg - Mali captain Seydou Keita is proud that his side's continued
success at the Africa Cup of Nations can bring some comfort to his
According to the Football411.com website, the West African nation is currently in the midst of war, with
government and French forces battling rebel insurgents in the north.
Keita wore a T-shirt with the words "Peace for Mali" embossed on
it when he collected his man-of-the-match award after the Eagles' first
game of the tournament and he has spoken since about his desire to see
The 33-year-old then draped his country's flag over shoulders
when addressing the media following his team's penalty shoot-out win
over South Africa on Saturday.
"Our win ensures that Mali can hold their heads high. They will
all be celebrating and for us to provide the joy is an honour," the
talismanic midfielder said.
"I'm wearing the flag that is flying in the north now as proudly
as it is flying in the south," he said in a reference to towns
recaptured in recent days.
"It has been as important for us to win for the people as it has been for ourselves."