For what it's worth, my experiences with Malian officers have been uniformly positive (I've worked with three at various times). They're all trained at French military academies and the results are obvious - if there's anything approaching an "Western" army (or at least officer corps) in Africa, it's Mali's. I would imagine that the NCM corp is less well-developed, but I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility of our being able to work with them.
And I worked with a couple of absolutely first rate Ghanians ~ well one undeniably first rate, by any standard, and one fully acceptable ~ and a couple of very good Senegalize, too. But
: in all cases we (my NCOs and I) had to try (and we almost always failed) to keep our expectations
very, very low because a couple of good officers were, themselves, unable to make up for all the other poorly educated, badly trained, undisciplined officers, NCOs and soldiers. Our Indian colleagues seemed
, to me, to have had much more realistic expectations
and to have been much less frustrated than we. I suspect
our unrealistic expectations and pretty constant frustration made us less that fully effective in the training role. But that was a looooong
time ago ... I'm pretty sure that today's NCOs and officers are better at all this than we were.