Farouk Mohammed’s 90th-minute penalty kick handed the People’s Elephant maximum points to boost their chances of progressing from Group C.
Afelokhai who made series of saves to deny Djoliba revealed that getting a positive result was their priority before the trip to Bamako and that they remained united throughout the duration of the game.
“It was a well deserved away win for us. We left Aba with the mindset of getting a good result that will boost our qualification chances and I am delighted we had it,” Afelokhai told the media.
“We spoke to ourselves before the game that we must remain as disciplined as possible to ensure that we do not concede cheap goals. We kept it tight in the first half and towards the end of the match when the pressure was too much on us.
“We are grateful to God for the morale-boosting result. We are going back home with the conviction that we have our destiny right in our hands. It was a game we gave everything for and it was important that our hard work was rewarded. We were very happy at the sound of the referee’s final whistle.”