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2017 U17 FIFA World Cup: Mali Coach Jonas Komla Laud Team’s Victory Over Ghana

2017 U17 FIFA World Cup: Mali Coach Jonas Komla Laud Team's Victory Over Ghana

The Eagles of Mali coach Jonas Kokou Komla has hailed his team’s memorable win over the Black Starlets in the quarterfinals of the U-17 FIFA World Cup currently ongoing in India.

Forward Hadji Drame drew first blood for Mali in the 15th minute with a solo run from the right flank after a pass from midfielder Djemoussa Traore.

But midfielder Kudus Mohammed would perhaps return home the unhappiest of Ghana’s players for pushing an opponent in the Mali box a fraction of a second before Ibrahim Sulley scored what would have been Ghana’s equaliser in the 40th minute before an error from goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad handed Mali a two-goal lead.

Mohammed converted a 72nd-minute penalty to narrow the scoreline 2-1 after Mali defender Fode Konate brought down substitute Lassana Ndiaye in the box.

‘Our boys overcame soggy conditions to score a memorable victory over a good side. But we have to be better in the semi-final,’ Mali coach Jonas Kokou Komla said.

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