Mon. Jun 24th, 2024
Ghana coach Otto Addo

Ghana coach has Otto Addo praised his team’s fighting spirit after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Mali in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Thursday night. The Black Stars overcame a sluggish start to secure a crucial three points at the Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako,Mali.

“In the first 20 minutes we struggled,” Addo admitted, “but in the second half we were much better.” He highlighted the impact of substitutes, particularly Fatawu whose late pressing helped solidify the win. “The game was 50-50,” Addo continued, “but our fighting spirit and the contribution of the bench made the difference.”

Mali took the lead through Kamory Doumbia just before halftime, but Ghana responded well after the break. Ernest Nuamah equalized in the 58th minute, setting the stage for a dramatic finish. In the dying moments of the match, hero Jordan Ayew emerged with a 94th-minute winner to send the Black Stars faithful into a frenzy.

The victory propels Ghana to second place in Group I with six points. They will look to build on this momentum when they host the Central African Republic in their next qualifier on June 10 at the Baba Yara sports Stadium.

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