After twice surrendering their lead to lose 3-2 against hosts Egypt on Monday, Ghana’s Black Meteors will need more than just a win over already eliminated Mali, as the curtain falls on Group A of the ongoing Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
The match day 3 is scheduled at Cairo based Al Salam Stadium in a simultaneous kickoff with hosts Egypt game against Cameroon at Cairo International Stadium.
With Egypt already guaranteeing one of the two top spots, Ghana needs to defeat Mali, and hope the hosts achieve the same against Cameroon.
With their head to head match ending in a 1-1 draw, goal difference would be the decisive factor has this situation been accomplished.
Ghana scored late to salvage a point against Cameroon in their opening match, but failed to save anything when they played the hosts in match-day 2.
They will hope their star performers Evans Mensah and Yaw Yeboah to be in-form as they seek victory while hoping Egypt achieves the same in the other match.
Meanwhile pre-tournament favorites Mali were undone with two identical 1-0 defeats to Egypt and Cameroon to lose all qualification hopes.
The charges of Coach Fanyeri Diarra will play with nothing to lose but for national pride, as they need to leave with heads high.