AFCON U-23: Ghana defeats Mali 2-0 to qualify for semis

AFCON U-23: Ghana defeats Mali 2-0 to qualify for semis

The national U-23 of Ghana have qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing CAF championship in Egypt.

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The Black Stars defeated Mali 2-0 in Group A final fixture on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Ghana were on the verge of being knocked out of the competition after losing to host country, Egypt.

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But coach Ibrahim Tanko’s boys lived up to expectation by scoring two second-half goals to qualify as the second-placed team in Group A.

The Black Meteors started the game on the back foot as the Malian dominated open play and nearly grabbed the opener but for agile hands of goalkeeper Kwame Baah kept them at bay.

After both teams failed to break the deadlock, Ghana came back from recess looking a different team altogether.

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Coach Tanko made a slight tactical switch by replacing Kwabena Owusu with Robin Polley at half time as Ghana went in search of the opener.

Their incessant attacking game paid dividends in the 74th minute when Kwabena Owusu connected superbly to Kingsley Fobi’s pass to hand the Black Meteors the initiative.

The Córdoba striker sealed the win for the side when he poked home a 85th minute goal.

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The win ensured the Black Meteors qualify to the semifinal stage of the competition after Cameroon succumbed to a 2–1 defeat against already-qualified Egypt.

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