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U23 AFCON: Black Meteors book semifinal berth after dramatic win against Mali

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The National u23 side booked a semifinal berth after beating Mali 2-0 on Thursday evening in the ongoing U23 AFCON in Egypt.

Coach Ibrahim Tanko and his lads could not have done that on their own as they needed a “favorable” scoreline in the other group game between Egypt and Cameroon.

The host nation, in turn, beat their Cameroonian counterpart 2-1 to top Group with nine points with Ghana on four points, the same as Cameroon but qualify on superior goal advantage.

With just twenty minutes to end proceedings at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, the Black Meteors needed to score and win the game with a good margin.

It appeared a mission impossible with time running out for Ghana but Meteors forward, Kwabena Owusu was on hand to put Ghana 1-0 ahead in the 74th minute.

The Cordoba CF striker now on-loan Leganes CD in the Spanish La Liga struck home Ghana’s second eleven minutes later to earn his team a place in the semifinals.

The results meant Ghana qualifies ahead of Cameroon who lost 2-1 to Egypt by a superior 1-goal advantage.

Ghana together with Egypt will wait for the results from the final games in Group B to know their next opponents.


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