Mali not taking Ghana lightly at U-17 World Cup

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The Eagles are leaving no stone unturned as they play the Black Starlets in the last eight of the world youth championship on Saturday

Mali are bent on beating Ghana to a semifinal ticket at the ongoing Fifa Under-17 World Cup in India on Saturday, coach Jonas Komla has said.

The two sides are set for an all-African clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati.

It will be the third meeting between them in 2017 as Mali beat Ghana 1-0 in the final of the African championship in May before another 2-1 win in a pre-World Cup friendly last month.

"We are not taking Ghana lightly," Komla told pressmen.

"They have reached this level not accidentally but with their effort. 

"It's going to be a good match.

"The crowd in India has been very good. 

"I have a very good impression and sometimes the ground was jampacked. 

"The cities were very welcoming, very warm and provided us with whatever we needed in time."

Mali opened their India 2017 campaign with a 3-2 loss to Paraguay before beating Turkey and New Zealand 3-0 and 3-1 respectively to finish second in Group B.

The Eagles then handed Iraq a 5-1 thrashing in the round of 16 to make the last eight. 

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Ghana, on the other hand, beat Colombia 1-0 in their tournament opener before falling 1-0 to the USA.

The Black Starlets then got back to winning ways, beating hosts India 4-0 in the last group game, before accounting for Niger (2-0) in the round of 16 fixture on Wednesday.