Captains speak ahead of Under-17 Afcon final

Mali's Mohammed Camara and Ghana's Eric Ayiah are each hopeful of lifting the continental diadem on Sunday

Mali captain Mohammed Camara and Ghana skipper Eric Ayiah are both confident in their chances of winning the 2017 Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon on Sunday.

The two teams are set to lock horns at the Stade de l'Amitié in Libreville, in what determines who rules the continent for the next two years.

Like Ghana, Mali had to rely on penalties to secure a place in the final, beating Guinea 2-0 in the semi-finals following a scoreless 90 minutes.

"This Sunday, only Allah (God) knows what can happen on the occasion of this final between Mali and Ghana but of course, I want us to win,” Camara told Cafonline.

“Our team has performed well in general because after the draw against Tanzania on the first day, we engaged a different gear with strong power that has taken us to the final and I think, this is good for the future."

Ghana skipper Ayiah, who is the joint-top scorer at the tournament, however, disagrees.

"My team will win on Sunday,” Ayiah said.

“We have played very well and I think we have played the best football in the tournament, so we are sure of winning on Sunday.

“We've had a wonderful time playing football and bonded as a group.

"The support we have had has been amazing."

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Mali are the current cup holders of the competition while Ghana are seeking to win the trophy for the third time.

Both teams, by virtue of reaching the last four, have gained qualification to the Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India later this year.