Ghana-Mali: Black Stars eyeing last four berth at Wafu tournament

Coach Maxwell Konadu's outfit will book a last four ticket at the regional tournament with three points against the Eagles on Saturday

With an unpredictable last group game against nemesis Nigeria on Monday, Ghana are hoping to beat Mali to three points on Saturday to ensure qualification to the last four of the 2017 Wafu Cup of Nations ahead of next week's rivalry clash.

The hosts, after a 1-0 playoff win over Gambia, handed Guinea a 2-0 defeat on Thursday to move top of Group A.

Coach Maxwell Konadu has come under a lot of criticism lately, not least for failing to qualify the side for next year's African Nations Championship.

Thursday's win has calmed the storm for a while but the peace may be a nine-day wonder should things go badly on Saturday.

Linchpin Winful Cobbinah, who missed the opening game, had a fairly good match against the Syli National, alongside Gideon Waja, Emmanuel Lomotey and Isaac Twum in midfielder.

On their efforts, Konadu will hope to pick three points once again at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and eventually win the cup to make amends.

"Talking about winning the tournament at this time, I think it's early days yet," the former Asante Kotoko man said.

"We have a couple of matches to play before we will know if we've achieved our aim or not."

That Mali beat Mauritania 3-1 and held Nigeria to a goalless draw means they are not by any means pushovers.

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Moussa Kone drew blank against the Super Eagles but his double in the opener against Mauritania makes him a huge threat for the Black Stars.

Ibrahima Kone, who hit a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Gambia in Chan qualifying, is still awaiting his first taste of Wafu action.

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