2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - Mali Begin Life Without Carteron

Mali begin life without coach Patrice Carteron on Sunday against visiting Rwanda in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Bamako.

The 42-year-old Frenchman who took charge of Mali in July 2012 quit his position in May to take up an appointment at DR Congo club TP Mazembe in acrimonious circumstances that have forced the Malian Football Federation to seek redress with FIFA over his sudden departure.

Carteron leaves the 2013 Africa Cup bronze medalists at a crucial point in the qualifiers on the back of a two-match winning run and tied on six points from three games with Group H leaders Algeria heading into this weekend?s fourth round of matches.

Assistant coach Pathe Diallo returns for a second stint as interim coach and already has setbacks heading into a match Mali needs to win to stay in touch with Algeria.

They are injury concerns for QPR midfielder Samba Diakite, defenders Abdoulaye Maiga of USM Algiers and Ousmane Coulibaly from French club Brest.

Another doubt is AC Milan midfielder Bakary Traore who is set for an eye operation.

However, Mali still enjoy an edge over  bottom placed Rwanda who have one point whom they beat 2-1 away in the first leg Group H tie on March 24 in Kigali and will be banking of their talismanic captain Seydou Keita to inspire them to victory to help soothe Carteron’s departure.

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