FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Mali 1-2 Ghana – Jordan Ayew strikes late as Black Stars beat The Eagles


On a warm Thursday evening in Bamako, the Eagles of Mali faced off against the Black Stars of Ghana in a crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying, with fans from both countries eagerly anticipating the match.

Mali started the game strongly, immediately putting pressure on Ghana’s defense. They moved the ball swiftly and created several early chances, thrilling their home fans. The Ghanaian defense had to stay alert to keep the Malians at bay.

Ghana’s goalkeeper, Ati Zigi, was in top form. Within the first 20 minutes, he made two incredible saves, keeping his team in the game. His performance was critical in preventing an early Mali goal and boosting the morale of his teammates.

Around the 30-minute mark, Ghana began to find their rhythm. They started to hold onto the ball more and make forward advances. However, their attacks were not very threatening, as the Mali defense remained solid and organized.

Just before the end of the first half, Mali’s efforts paid off. Kamory Doumbia took a shot that deflected off Ghanaian defender Alexander Djiku, ricocheted back, and ended up in the net. The home crowd erupted in cheers as Mali took the lead.

The halftime whistle blew with Mali ahead by a goal. The Ghanaian players walked off the field, determined to make a stronger comeback in the second half. Their coach, Otto Addo,  gave them an inspiring talk, urging them to fight harder.

As the second half began, Ghana showed more urgency. Just seconds into the half, Antoine Semenyo had a golden opportunity to equalize but missed narrowly. This near miss seemed to energize the Black Stars, who knew they needed to capitalize on their chances.

In the 58th minute, Ghana’s persistence was rewarded. Olympic Lyon youngster Ernest Nuamah made a fantastic run into the box and slotted the ball past the Malian goalkeeper. The equalizer brought joy to the Ghanaian fans and gave the team renewed energy.

With the score level, the intensity of the game increased. Both teams fought hard for control, creating chances at both ends. Mali had several good opportunities but failed to find the back of the net, much to the frustration of their fans.

As the match progressed, it became a tense and exciting battle. Ghana’s defense, led by captain Andre Ayew, stood firm against Mali’s attacks. Ati Zigi continued to make crucial saves, keeping the scoreline even.

In the final minutes of the game, it looked like the match might end in a draw. However, Ghana had one last push left in them. In the 90th minute, Jordan Ayew found himself in a good position and took a well-placed shot that found the back of the net.

The Ghanaian fans erupted in celebration as their team took the lead. It was a dramatic and thrilling moment, capping off a hard-fought match. The Mali players tried to respond in the few remaining minutes, but it was too late.

The referee blew the final whistle, and the match ended with Ghana winning 2-1. The Black Stars had shown great determination and resilience to come from behind and secure the victory. The players celebrated with their fans, proud of their performance.


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