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Ghana defender Ampah eyeing Mali scalp to keep 'historic' Awcon dream alive

5:24 PM MYT 19/11/2018
Faustina Ampah Ghana
Exclusive: The centre-back looks ahead to Tuesday's Group A tie against Les Aiglonnes at the Accra Sports Stadium

Ghana ace Faustina Ampah says the Black Queens are not underrating Mali ahead of Tuesday's clash at the ongoing Africa Women Cup of Nations.

The hosts, who pipped Algeria 1-0 in the tournament opener on Saturday, are looking to make it two wins in a row against Les Aiglonnes, who fell 2-1 to Cameroon in their first Group A game.

The meeting in Accra will be the fourth encounter between the two teams at the Awcon, the Black Queens having won all three previous matches.

"Women football has developed and it's improving very fast in Africa," Ampah told Goal on Sunday.

"All the countries participating in the tournament are good. And watching Mali play Cameroon, they did not look like a weak side. There is no weak side in the group.

"We just have to stay focused for the rest of the games."

Ghana may have taken all three points in their opener but a series of wasted chances marred what would have been a stainless performance.

"What will we do differently against Mali? Well that is a technical question and I will leave it to the technical bench," the Belarus-based centre-back said.

"But as players, every game, there may be some errors that need to be worked on. We will work hard towards correcting those mistakes."

It has been a fruitful year so far for the 21-year-old, who, aside from helping Ghana win the Wafu Women's Cup in February, has lifted the Belarus Women's League title, the Belarus Women's Super Cup, the Belarus Women's Cup and the 2018 Baltic Women’s League title with club side Minsk.

The elusive Awcon title will no doubt be the icing on the cake.

"This is my first time playing in the Awcon and it really means a lot to me, especially the tournament being hosted in Ghana," Ampah, who also played in the Uefa Women's Champions League this season, said.

"As a player, I have won five trophies this year and I'm determined to win this Awcon to add up.

"But most importantly, [it is a dream] to be part of history when Ghana becomes African champions for the first time."

Ghana are three-time losing finalists at the Awcon.