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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