AS IT HAPPENED: U17 AFCON FINAL - Ghana 0-1 Mali

AS IT HAPPENED: U17 AFCON FINAL - Ghana 0-1 Mali
Abdoulaye Diaby and Youddouf Koita of Mali celebrate during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Ghana and Mali at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Sunday May 28, 2017. 21:24

Good evening and welcome to what was our LIVE coverage of the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations Final between Ghana and Mali from the Stade de Amitie in Libreville, Gabon.

Ghana: Ibrahim; Otu, Acquah, Yakubu, Ayiah, Toku, Yusif (Owusu 82'), Leveh, Osman, Alhassan (Mensah 72'), Iddriss (Sulley 83')

Mali: Koita, D. Traore (Diako 90+1'), Konate,  Fofana, M.Camara, Drame, S.Camara (N'Diaye 58'), Jiddou (S.Keita 80'), Diaby, Samake, Kane

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MALI SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND THEIR CROWN

90+5'  FULL-TIME: Ghana 0-1 Mali (Samake 22')

90' Three minutes added.

86' Corner-kick taken short by Ghana, Acquah bursts towards the area, but his resulting shot is well wide! Ghana lacking real urgency for a team chasing the game!

80' Playmaker Jiddou makes way for Mali as we head into the final 10 minutes - interesting change by the Eagles. The defending champions still in control here.

73' Free-kick for Ghana on the edge of the area following a foul on Leveh. Mensah steps up straight from the bench, but his attempt flies well over!

65' Mali still in control here with their fans in full voice - party atmosphere in the stands.

58' CHANCE! Mohamed Camara's rasping effort flies inches wide of goal. Mali so close to doubling their lead once more.

54' HOW DID HE MISS THAT? Luck on Ghana's side! Seme Camara fires over the crossbar with an open net gaping! Ibrahim can only succeed in guiding the ball into the path of the Mali forward who somehow fails to hit the target with the goal at his absolute mercy.

50' Cagey start to the second-half in Libreville. Ghana pushing for the equaliser, but Mali's defence has been resolute throughout the campaign.

46' Second-half is underway in Libreville

45+1' Half-Time: Ghana 0-1 Mali (Samake 22')

45' Ghana with all the late pressure, but Mali's defence holding firm for the time being.  The referee adds one minute of additional time.

39' SAVE! Koita with a great save to keep out Acquah's free-kick!

33' SAVE! Ibrahim comes to the rescue for Ghana as he denies Mali from the spot!

32' PENALTY! Another Spot-kick for Mali as Yusif brings down Konate! Easy decision once more for the referee - UNBELIEVABLE

22' GOAL! Ibrahim saves the initial effort, but Samake is quickest to pounce on the rebound...slipping the ball through the legs of the goalkeeper, 0-1 to the Eagles.

21' PENALTY! East decision for the referee following a clear foul on Kane from Otu...

15' Things have calmed down substantially in Libreville with both teams struggling to hold onto possession.

10' Frantic start to the final with Mali just about holding the edge thus far. Good Mali gathering in the stands as well.

3' CHANCE! at the other end as Ayiah beats the offside trap. His first time shout, though, flies wide of goal.

1' CHANCE! Early chance for Jiddou as Ghana cough up possession in their own half - the number 10's resulting shot is straight at the Black Starlets goal-minder.

1' Kick-off in Libreville!

- Defending champions Mali in yellow, Ghana (two time champions) donning the iconic black and white kit.

- Both Ghana and Mali booked their place in the final following a penalty shoot-out, the two teams coming out tops against Niger and Guinea respectively from 12 yards.

- Teams are out on the pitch, national anthems to follow...



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