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January 24, 2013 11:00 PM MYT
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Ghana - Mali Preview: Black Stars seeking to make amends after drawing in their opening game

The four-time African champions and the Eagles are to clash at the group stage again after the two sides met in Group D of the 2012 Afcon

By Umar-Farouk Atipaga

Ghana fans (DR Congo vs Ghana) Afcon 2013
Ghana fans (DR Congo vs Ghana) Afcon 2013
  PROBABLE LINEUPS


GHANA

Angola
Dauda
Paintsil, Vorsah, Boye, Asamoah
Annan, Badu
Adomah, Atsu, Wakaso
Gyan


MALI

 Morocco
Samassa
Diawara, Tamboura, Wague, N’Diaye
C. Diarra, Keita, K. Traore
M. Traore, S. Diarra, Diabate

The Black Stars are under pressure to beat the Eagles of Mali on Thursday after drawing their first group match. Ghana threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in the Group B opener, while the Malians fought hard to record a 1-0 win over Niger to move to the summit of the table.

This will be the third meeting between the two sides in the last 12 months. At the 2012 Afcon, the four-time African champions beat Mali 2-0 in the group stage, but the Eagles got their revenge when the pair met again in the third place play-off.

Ghana were deprived of the services of some key players who had injury concerns prior to the first match, and coach Kwesi Appiah will be hoping those players are available.

Defender Isaac Vorsah was unable to pass a fitness test to start in central defence. Anthony Annan, who ordinarily is a starter, had to come on in the 73rd minute. The two players are likely to return to the starting line-up against Mali.

Captain Asamoah Gyan and Mubarak Wakaso picked up injuries after the DR Congo match, but the medical team is optimistic they will have recovered in time to feature from the outset.

Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda, who was the only local player to play on Sunday, will keep his spot after justifying his place in the team.

Mali came into the tournament with a great deal of confidence after winning bronze last year at the expense of Ghana. Their coach Patrice Carteron is fresh to the Africa terrain, but he has a collection of players who have played together for a while and also play competitively at club level.

The Eagles will draw inspiration from the former Barcelona man Seydou Keita, who is making his sixth appearance at the Afcon. The 33-year-old proved his worth after scoring the lone goal against Niger and he could well be a thorn in the side of Ghana’s team. The likes of Diawara and Diabate are other players who offer a great deal to the Malian side.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • The last time Ghana won the Africa Cup of Nations title was in 1982.

  • Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is a former captain of the Black Stars.

  • The Black Stars denied Mali of qualification to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
  • Ghana’s Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was the first to score a goal at the 2013 Afcon.

  • Mali are making their eighth appearance at the tournament while Ghana are making their 19th appearance at the Afcon.

  • The Eagles are the first team to win a match at the tournament after the first three matches ended in draws. 
  • Mali’s best performance in the history of the competition was in 1972 when they finished as runners-up.
  • Seydou Keita dedicated his goal against Niger to the people of Mali.


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Africa Cup of Nations ‎(ACN)‎ Feb 10, 2013 Mali 3 - Ghana 1
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Africa Cup of Nations ‎(ACN)‎ Jan 24, 2013 Ghana 1 - Mali 0
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Africa Cup of Nations ‎(ACN)‎ Feb 12, 2012 Ghana 0 - Mali 2
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Africa Cup of Nations ‎(ACN)‎ Jan 29, 2012 Ghana 2 - Mali 0
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World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) ‎(WCQA)‎ Nov 16, 2009 Ghana 2 - Mali 2
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Last Five Matches
Ghana
Mar 6, 2014Montenegro 1 - Ghana 0FR
Feb 2, 2014Libya 0 - Ghana 0CHAN
Jan 30, 2014Nigeria 0 - Ghana 0CHAN
Jan 27, 2014Ghana 1 - RD Congo 0CHAN
Jan 22, 2014Ethiopia 0 - Ghana 1CHAN
Mali
Mar 6, 2014Senegal 1 - Mali 1FR
Jan 26, 2014Mali 1 - Zimbabwe 2CHAN
Jan 20, 2014Mozambique 1 - Mali 2CHAN
Jan 15, 2014South Africa 1 - Mali 1CHAN
Jan 12, 2014Mali 2 - Nigeria 1CHAN
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
Players to Watch
Badu
Badu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
5 1 1 0
Seydou Keita
Seydou Keita
Position:
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Prediction
Editor's Prediction
Ghana 2
Mali 1
Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In MYT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba
Striker
Galatasaray
6 3
Mbokani Mbokani
Striker
Dynamo Kiev
5 2
Alain Traoré Alain Traoré
Midfielder
Lorient
5 0
Wakaso Wakaso
Midfielder
Rubin
4 3
Victor Moses Victor Moses
Midfielder
Liverpool
4 2