Bafana Bafana have been drawn in Group A for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, alongside continental titans Nigeria.
Mali international Seydou Keita has confessed that he was approached by Real Madrid in 2008 but he chose to swap Sevilla for Barcelona instead.
Only a handful of Africa's top 30 nations moved up in the latest FIFA world rankings which were released on Thursday morning.
The CHAN best XI has been announced, with champions Libya, beaten finalists Ghana and bronze medalists Nigeria dominating the fantasy side.
Zimbabwe booked their place in the semi-final of the 2014 CHAN after clinching a 2-1 victory over Mali at Cape Town Stadium.
Zimbabwe will need to improve on their finishing if they are to stand a chance of reaching the 2014 CHAN semi-finals.
Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi has praised his players following their commanding victory over hosts Bafana Bafana at CHAN 2014.
Hosts Bafana Bafana have been knocked out in the group stages of CHAN 2014, with Mali and and Nigeria progressing to the quarter-finals.
Mali fought their way back from a goal down to record a 1-1 draw with South Africa in their CHAN Group A clash at the Cape Town Stadium.
Gordon Igesund is planning to make at least three changes to his starting XI as Bafana prepare to face Mali in CHAN Group A on Wednesday.
Bafana Bafana boss Gordon Igesund is targeting a three-point haul against Mali in a bid to avoid any drama in their final group game.
Hosts Bafana Bafana got their 2014 CHAN campaign off to a winning start thanks to a 3-1 win over Mozambique in Saturday's opener in Cape Town.
The third edition of the CHAN takes place in South Africa this year, with South Africa, Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria set to battle it out in Group A.
The 2014 edition of CHAN promises to be an interesting spectacle for those who have their eyes on potential rising stars.
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- Mali 3-1 Ghana
- Mali v Ghana
- Mali 1-4 Nigeria
- Mali v Nigeria
- South Africa 1-1 Mali
- Congo DR 1-1 Mali
- Ghana 1-0 Mali
- Ghana v Mali
- Mali 1-0 Niger
- Mali v Niger
- Ghana 0-2 Mali
- Ghana v Mali
- Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast
- Mali v Ivory Coast