AFCON 2017: Grant repeats same squad for Mali encounter

Ghana coach Avram Grant

It gave Ghana their second straight win in Group D, having started their campaign with victory over Uganda last week.

Ghanaian defender Baba Abdul-Rahman, injured during Ghana's 1-0 win over Uganda in their Group D match in Port-Gentil, Gabon, will travel to Germany on Thursday for further tests and possible surgery over a knee injury.

An Asamoah Gyan strike in the first half was enough for Ghana against Mali as they became only the second side to reach the quarter finals at the 2017 AFCON tournament after Senegal.

The 31-year-old headed home from a Jordan Ayew corner in the 21st minute to take his tournament tally to eight and eclipse previous record holder Osei Kofi.

Captain Asamoah Gyan will lead the attack for the Black Stars this afternoon with Jordan Ayew playing just behind him.


"We let it go a bit in the second half but the result was much more important".

Alain Giresse's side improved after the break and could have restored parity in the 52nd minute via Moussa Marega, the attacker wildly blasting a shot over the crossbar from a hard angle after some good work from Bakary Sako.

Hamari Traore was also unfortunate to see his 20-yard volley sail beyond the top corner as Ghana held on.

Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah had to make two excellent late saves to deny Kalifa Coulibaly and Bakary Sako as Mali pressed for an equaliser.

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