Ghana Black Stars B midfielder Winful Kwaku Cobbina was voted Man of the Match in their victory over Mali at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday night. The Hearts of Oak midfielder put up a blistering performance to help the Ghanaians post a 1-0 victory over Mali in the second Group A game of the 2017 Wafu Cup. Winful Cobbina scored in the 64th minute to hand Coach Maxwell Konadu's side the needed victory which sends them to the semi final of the competition with a game to spare. He took home a sleek Nasco Mobile phone for his prize as the Man of the Match. Ghana play Nigeria on Monday in their last group game as they seek to top the group.
Winful Cobbina goal in the second half helped the Ghana Black Stars B side beat Mali 1-0 in their second Group A game in the Wafu Cup tournament at the Cape Coast Stadium. The Hearts of Oak midfielder put Ghana in front in the 64th minute after firing a powerful shot from 22 yards into the net of the Eagles. Cobbina after receiving a pass from WAFA midfielder Gideon Waja calmly slotted the ball past the Malian goalkeeper to hand the Black Stars B side the lead. Coach Maxwell Konadu's side becomes the first country to qualify to the Semi final with a game to spare. Ghana sits on top of Group B with 6 points out of two games and will seeking for a hundred percent record when they face Nigeria on Monday.
Neither Eagles could soar as Mali and Nigeria played to a goalless draw in the opening Group A match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday, September 14. The first shot on goal came in the eighth minute when a goalmouth scramble inside the Nigerian box fell to Mohamed Traore, but the Eagles attacker volleyed over the target from 16-yards out. Ten minutes later the Super Eagles had their first shot on goal when Uche Akas fired a stinging 22-yard free-kick into the arms of the Malian keeper. In the 33rd minute Nigeria came close to scoring again when Stephen Eze met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his ten-yard effort was well-saved by the goalkeeper. Neither side could break the deadlock before the half time whistle. The secon...
Two late goals in the 88th minute and the 91st minute from Musa Kone helped Mali to beat Mauritania 3-1 at the day 3 of the ongoing WAFU tournament in Ghana. Mandela Konte gave the Malians the lead in the 29th minute but his goal was canceled 7 minutes later by Samba Cheikh to send the game to a 1-1 scoreline before the end the first half. The second half began with an end to end display from both sides with all country's searching for the winner. The looks to be heading for a shoot out when Musa Kone scored two last minute goals to help the Malians win the day on a 3-1 scoreline.
Morocco overwhelmed Mali 6-0 in Rabat on Friday night as the 2018 World Cup qualifiers continued across Africa. The victory put Herve Renard's side top of Group C, one point above Ivory Coast who play in Gabon on Saturday. Elsewhere on Friday night, Tunisia defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 to move three points clear at the top of Group A, and there was a shock for South Africa as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Cape Verde in Praia. Dutch-born Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech marked his return to the Atlas Lions side with two goals as they went to the top of Group C with a 6-0 home win over Mali in Rabat. Ziyech had previously fallen out with Morocco coach Herve Renard, but the two met in July and reconciled. Ziyech put Morocco ahead from the penalty spot in th...
Many national teams in Africa may be mired in mediocrity but Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya believes the future is bright for the next generation of stars. The 1988 African Footballer of the Year has been in Gabon where the African Under-17 Championship ends today with Ghana playing Mali in the final. He told the BBC that based on the quality of football displayed in Gabon, there is cause for optimism, not pessimism, regarding the future. "The standard has been very high and the four teams going to the World Cup have all played very well," said Bwalya, the former president of the Football Association of Zambia. The tournament, initially earmarked for Madagascar, was moved at the eleventh hour to a country with no recognised junior football structures. But Bwalya, who also s...
The Black Starlets of Ghana will on Sunday face the Mali team in the final of the ongoing 2017 U17 African Nations Cup in Gabon. The game slated for the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, will see Ghana lock horns with their fellow counterparts for the trophy at stake. Ghana progressed into the Final of the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 following a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Niger at Stade de port Gentil on Wednesday after both sides failed to produced a goal after 90 minutes of play. Whiles Mali also defeated Guinea on shoot outs after playing a barren draw game after the full time.
The Ghana Black Starlets will play Niger in the semi-final of the CAF U-17 African Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Starlets who topped group A with 7 points will meet Niger on Wednesday at the Stade de Port Gentil. Niger booked their place to the next round of the competition after a 1 - 0 victory over Tanzania on Sunday. Guinea will also take on Mali in the second match of the day in Libreville.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed that the suspension of Mali's Football Association (FEMAFOOT) has been lifted by the sport's world body Fifa. Mali were originally banned from global football in March after the country's Sports Minister Housseïni Amion Guindo had dissolved the executive committee of FEMAFOOT. Fifa, who do not look kindly on government interference, had said the ban would only be lifted when the FEMAFOOT board was reinstated. On Saturday, Caf announced that a letter dated 28 April 2017 and signed by Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura had confirmed the reinstatement of FEMAFOOT's executive committee, thereby allowing Mali back into the international fold. Caf say Mali are now clear to participate in the Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations in G
Three-time Indonesian champions Mitra Kukar have announced that a deal is in place to sign former Mali, Liverpool, PSG and Valencia midfielder Mohamed Sissoko on a one-year contract. The 32-year-old, who has previously played in China and India, is expected to join once he passes his medical and could be eligible for Mitra's second league game of the season against PSM at home next weekend. He becomes the fourth former English Premier League star to move to Indonesia after Michael Essien, Carlton Cole and Peter Odemwingie. Mitra will become Sissoko's third club in less than six months after he parted ways with Indian side Pune City in December and then had his contract with Italian second -tier side Ternana terminated after only three weeks due to negative attitude. Sissoko p