|Full name||Djoliba Athletic Club|
|Ground||Stade 26 Mars, Bamako|
|League||Malien Premiere Division|
Djoliba Athletic Club is a Malian football club and one of the two biggest teams in Mali alongside the Stade Malien. The team is based in the capital city of Bamako. It has its headquarters and three training stadia at Complex Sportif Hérémakono, in the Heremakono Quartier. The President of Djoliba AC, re-elected in 2009 to a four-year term, is Karounga Keita a Vice President of FEMIFOOT, former trainer at the club, who was a player at the founding of the club in 1960. Djoliba or Joliba is the name of the Niger River in the Bamana language. Not only a football club, Djoliba AC is an Omnisports club which fields teams in many sports, and is operated as a membership organisation with an elected board.
The club was created in 1960 by a fusion of "Africa Sport" Bamako and "Foyer du Soudan", two successful teams during French Colonial rule.
The team was helped a lot during the 1970s by officer Tiécoro Bagayoko, a prominent member of the ruling military dictatorship of president Moussa Traoré. Many critics of Djoliba AC, especially coming from the rival Stade Malien, claim that the strength of the club was built during that period.
However, Tiekoro Bagayoko was gone in 1978 after his arrest, yet Djoliba kept obtaining titles and cups. Today, it is reputed to be the biggest and the most organized soccer club in Mali.
Malien Première Division 2007/08
2008 was a year of great success for Djoliba, having finished the year before in second place to their cross town rivals, Djoliba handily took the cup and league double in 2008. Reigning champions from the 2007 Malien Première Division, Stade and Djoliba sat atop the standings the entire season, with Djoliba leading by a small but consistent margin in the run up to the final games. Their 7 July derby match was postponed to August, and although they lost this match their rivals, Stade faltered where Djoliba were consistent, finishing the season 9 points ahead of Stade. The only Cup meeting between the two rivals in the season was in the Semi-Finals of the Malien Cup, where Stade faced the humiliation of a 5-0 drubbing by Djoliba.
Bamako District Mayor's Cup
Djoliba's one failure came at the end of the season, losing the "Coupe du Maire du District": the Bamako District Mayor's Cup to arch rivals Stade Malien. But while Stade made it to the final, its victory over Djoliba came from legal, rather than on the field factors. In the 44th minute of the match, Djoliba supporters rioted, attacking officials, other fans, and journalists. The match was called off, and several days later, awarded to Stade. Djoliba were fined 500.000 F cfa, all payments for previous matches were withdrawn, and they were excluded form the 2009 competition. Stade received the trophy and a 750,000 F Cfa award from the Mayor of Bamako Adama Sangaré on 23 September.
Djoliba competed in Malien Première Division 2008/09, beginning in December 2008. They began the season successfully, taking the Super Coupe National du Mali on 6 December against Club Olympique de Bamako 5-2. The Super Coupe launches the regular schedule by pitting the previous years' League and Cup winners. As Djoliba won both, they faced last years' Coupe du Mali runner up, COB.
- 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012
- Malien Cup: 19
- 1965, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
- 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2012, 2013
Performance in CAF competitions
- CAF Champions League: 8 appearances
- African Cup of Champions Clubs: 11 appearances
- CAF Confederation Cup: 4 appearances
- CAF Cup: 4 appearances
- CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 5 appearances
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Karounga Keita re-elected president of Djoliba FC of Bamako. PANA Press, 31/03/2009
- Assemblée générale du Djoliba : un nouveau bail pour KAROUNGA KEÏTA. l'Essor n15891 - 2007-02-12
- rsssf.com Mali 2008 (Last updated: 4 September 2008)
Djoliba-Stade (5-0) : La grande humiliation !, Le Républicain, 04/08/2008.
- Coupe du Maire du District : Le Stade reçoit son trophée. L'Essor, 24 September 2008
- Le Djoliba s’adjuge la Super Coupe du Mali de football. APA News, 7 December 2008.
- Photos from Stade Malien v Djoliba AC, 12 December 2007.
- Mali 2007/08 Championnat National Première Division
- Mali 2006/07 Championnat National Première Division Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Mali - List of Champions Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Mali - List of Cup Winners Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Djoliba AC : C'est OK pour Darou. l'Essor n°15903 du - 2007-02-28