The Black Meteors have qualified to the semi-finals of the ongoing under 23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt after beating their Malian counterparts 2 – 0.
The Meteors, going into this match had a slimmer chance of qualifying as they were sat at the 3rd position with only one point. They drew their first match against Cameroon and failed to beat the host Egypt after going up twice in that particular match. On the other hand, the Cameroonians were able to beat their Malians in their second match. This made qualifying for the Meteors very dicey because they needed to win their last match against and hope that the Egyptian beat the Cameroonians in the last group match.
The match against the Malians was a cagey one as both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half. At the beginning of the 2nd half, Ghana made their first substitution. Stricker Kwabena Owusu came in for midfielder Robin Polley.
It seemed the match was headed for a draw as both teams failed to convert their chances. On the 74th minute substitute Kwabena Owusu scored the first goal and added another goal on the 85th minute to put the match beyond the reach of the Malians.
On the other side, a brace from Egyptian goal poacher, Mostafa Mohammed sealed the qualification for the Black Meteors as Cameroon failed to level pegging after getting a goal back.
The Black Meteors will now wait for their semi-final opponents from group B. They could face South Africa, Nigeria or the Ivory Coast, depending on the outcome of the group B games tomorrow.
We wish the Meteors all the best in their subsequent matches.