Ghana were guilty of throwing away a two goal lead against DR Congo in their opening game which meant a win was vital for one of the favourites of the tournament.
Even though Ghana did not threaten on many occasions during the match, Mubarak Wakaso was able to step up and bury a spot kick for the Black Stars, securing the three points in Port Elizabeth.
Kwesi Appiah believes Ghana still have the ability to increase their levels of performance in the next round of fixtures. He credited a change in tactics as the reason behind the victory.
“Tactically, the team was much disciplined and there was no loss of concentration,” Appiah told reporters after the match.
“We've still got a lot to offer and can do better in our next games. We sought to try and change the tactics for an opponent with a different style of play," Appiah concluded.
Mali left the match frustrated in not being able to find an equaliser, while coach Patrice Carteron believes that the referee was to blame for the result.
"The referee did not help us because he ought to have sent off the Ghana goalkeeper rather than just booking him for handling the ball outside his area." Carteron told reporters after the match.
"Ghana were better,especially in the first half, but we still have a game to qualify for the next round and so we will forget this match and focus on our next game."