Ghana face Mali in 2017 U17 AFCON final

Ghana face Mali in 2017 U17 AFCON final
Ibrahim Sulley of Ghana challenged by Aguibou Camara of Guinea during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Guinea and Ghana at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 20 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday May 27, 2017. 14:00

Ghana and Mali will square off in the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final at the Stade de I'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 19h30 CAT.

The Black Starlets reached the final after defeating Niger 6-5 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in a semi-final clash at the Stade de Porti-Gentil on Wednesday.

They won Group A after accumulating seven points from three matches. Ghana are yet to concede in this tournament and they have scored nine goals.

The player to watch out for in the Ghana team is Eric Ayiah, who is the joint tournament top goalscorer with four goals.

Black Starlets have won this tournament twice. The West African side were crowned champions in 1995 and 1999. They were runners-up in 2005.

Meanwhile, Mali advanced to the final following their 2-0 win on penalties over Guinea after a goalless draw in a semi-final clash Libreville on Wednesday.

The Junior Eagles won Group B after collecting seven points. They have conceded two goals and scored eight goals in this tournament.

Hadji Drame is the dangerman for the Junior Eagles - having hit the back of the net three times for his side in this competition.

Mali are the defending champions - having won the 2015 U17 AFCON title. It was their first title and the West African side also finished second in 1997.



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