Ghana, Mali Tussle For Leadership

The encounter promises to produce fireworks as each side fights for a ticket to the semi-finals.


The Black Queens of Ghana will take on Mali tomorrow in Yaounde in the last Pool B game in the on-going Africa Women Cup of Nations. Both teams, which were originally based in Limbe in the South West Region, are in Yaounde for the match according to CAF schedule. The encounter between Ghana and Mali promises to produce fireworks as each side will be fighting for a ticket to the semi-finals.

On the classification table, Nigeria is leading with 4 points, while Ghana and Mali occupy the second and third positions with four and three points respectively. Both teams are separated by goal difference. Ghana beat Kenya 2-0 in their first match and drew 1-1 with Nigeria in the second game to secure the second position. Ghana called off international friendlies against Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa stating financial reasons.

The final stage of their Women’s AFCON preparation has seen them play select sides in local friendlies. The goal of the Black Queens is to at least reach the semi-finals of the Women’s AFCON for the first time since 2006. Ghana will give their best to win the match tomorrow to maintain the second position.

Mali on their part lost to Nigeria 0-6 in their first Pool B game on November 20, 2016 and beat the Harambee Starlets of Kenya 3-1 to occupy the third position. They will put up a strong fight to beat Ghana and occupy the second place. The third West African team in Pool B benefited from Equatorial Guinea’s disqualification to reach the final phase of the tournament.  In their build up to the 10th Women AFCON, they played Cameroon twice, losing 1-0 and drawing 0-0.

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