Time: 13:00 (GMT Time)
Stadium: October 15
Kenya, who have never won a match at three previous visits to the Cup of Nations, will turn to upsets at the 2002 World Cup to inspire them against Mali.
Kenya's charismatic coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee told BBC Sport that the strong showing of teams like South Korea, Turkey and Senegal in the 2002 finals are a great example to his players.
"I'm sure that the teams considered as smaller nations like us will do wonders at this tournament just as the smaller footballing nations did at the last World Cup," he said.
Kenya have not been to the finals for 12 years and Mulee is well aware of his sides poor record.
"Mali are used to this tournament but I am working hard for us to get a win at our fourth finals."
Mali go into the game as the favourites with coach Henri Stambouli confirming to BBC Sport that he will be calling on his new strike force of Freddi Kanoute and Lamine Sissoko to unlock the Kenyan defence.
The coach also confirmed that Mali's loan survivor from Tunisia 1994 will start.
Bassala Toure is still only 28-years-old and will be used along with Seydou Keita on the flanks to supply the ammunition for Kanoute and Sissoko.
Keita is the best example of Mali's strategy of building a strong team over time.
Five years ago he was named player of the tournament as the country's under-20 side came third at the World Championships at that level.
The backbone of that side will feature against Kenya and Keita knows that he is part of a highly respected side.
"We are favourites but it will be tough against Kenya," he told BBC Sport.
While Stambouli has named his attack he would not reveal his defence nor his formation.
Kenya are also holding off naming their team until Monday.
My Prediction: Kenya 1 Mali 3