The Black Stars B of Ghana will be targeting their second successive win in Group A at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they face Mali at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday evening, kick-off at 18:00hrs local time.
The tournament hosts got their second round off to a perfect start when they defeated Guinea 2-0 on Thursday. Second-half goals from Stephen Sarfo and Kwame Kizito took the Black Stars to three points and top spot on the standings.
“The tension, the pressure, the atmosphere was quite different in the first game than this one,” Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu said at the post-match conference.
“This time around the boys were relaxed and we were able to calm them down enough before the kick off and I think that also contributed to the performance this afternoon.”
Mali got their Group A campaign off when they held Nigeria to a goalless draw in Thursday’s early game.
Ghana and Mali have met in 17 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Black Stars have claimed eight wins – compared to just three for the Eacgles – and outscored their opponents 28 goals to 14 in the process.
Total Games played:
Ghana wins: 8
Goals scored: 28
Mali Wins: 3
Goals scored: 14
Drawn Games: 6
The other group game will see Nigeria face off Guinea as both sides target their first win of the group phase.