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Fabin plotting Ghana revenge against Mali at U-17 World Cup

07:41 IST 21/10/2017
Samuel Kwasi Fabin coach of Ghana U17
The coach of the Black Starlets is optimistic about avenging recent losses to the Eagles on Saturday

Ghana coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin is convinced about his side's positive chances against familiar foes Mali in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Fifa Under-17 World Cup in India on Saturday.

The two teams are set to face off in an all-African clash at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, six months after clashing in the final of the African championship in Gabon.

Back in May, Mali ran out 1-0 victors, courtesy of a Mamadou Samake 22nd minute strike.

"If we got beaten by somebody in a competition, it doesn't mean we will lose again when we meet," Fabin said at the pre-match presser.

"We have prepared well and we will see.

"Any of the eight teams at this stage of the competition are capable of winning the tournament. So we are also capable of winning it.

"When you take part in a competition, you are ready for every team - that is why you have accepted to come."

Ghana 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.

Mali, on the other hand, opened their 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. 

As part of preparations for the World Cup, Ghana and Mali locked horns in a friendly which finished 2-1 in favour of the Eagles.