• Mahamadou Samassa (21)
  • Seydou Keita (48)
  • Sigamary Diarra (92)
3 - 1
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
09/02/2013 20:00
  • (81) Kwadwo Asamoah

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Mali beat Ghana 3-1 in the third place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday

Posted: 9 February 2013 Time: 21:55

Mali beat Ghana 3-1 in the third place play-off at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday night at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to win the bronze medal.

The Mali goals were scored by Mahamadou Samassa, Seydou Keita and Sigamary Diarra while Kwadwo Asamoah scored for Ghana.

The game started in a calm mood with the Ghanaians getting the better of the early stages as the Eagles took some time to settle.

Ghana did not trouble goalkeeper Daouda Diakite despite Mali’s slow start.

Mali got the opening goal in the 21st minute when Samassa dived in to head home a well-placed Adama Tamboura cross past goalkeeper Dauda, 1-0.

Wakaso’s came close to getting the equaliser but his shot was saved by Diakite to keep the Eagles in the lead.

The second half started well for Ghana as substitute Jonathan Mensah got on the end of a good free-kick from Wakaso heading narrowly wide.

Mali scored again in the 48th minute when Keita hit the ball past Dauda from Ousmane Coulibaly’s pass from the right, 2-0.

Wakaso was handed a chance to half the deficit a few minutes later as Salif Coulibaly was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box despite replays showing that the ball actually came off his chest. Wakaso hammered his penalty kick wide.

In the 82nd minute Ghana were back in the game when Asamoah halved the deficit. A hopeful shot from distance from the midfielder sneaked past Diakite who had clearly misjudged the flight of the ball, 2-1.

Ghana went looking for the equaliser but were punished on the counter attack as Sigamary Diarra added a third for the Eagles on the counter attack in the 92nd minute.

HOME: Mali

  • 1 Mamadou Samassa
  • 2 Fousseni Diawara
  • 3 Adama Tamboura
  • 21 Mahamadou Ndiaye
  • 23 Molla Wague
  • 6 Momo Sissoko
  • 8 Kalilou Traore
  • 12 Seydou Keita
  • 17 Mahamane Traore
  • 15 Mahamadou Samassa
    78 mins - Sigamary Diarra
  • 20 Modibo Maiga

AWAY: Ghana

  • 16 Fatau Dauda
  • 2 Richard Kissi Boateng
  • 15 Isaac Vorsah
  • 21 John Boye
  • 23 Harrison Afful
  • 7 Christian Atsu
    70 mins - Albert Adomah
  • 11 Mubarak Wakaso
  • 14 Solomon Asante
  • 20 Kwadwo Asamoah
  • 3 Asamoah Gyan
    75 mins - Emmanuel Clottey

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:51 pm
Sorry Ghanaians it's well,just keep your eyes on the world cup qualifiers. At least your team went this far.
Takeall cups
posted: 10:56 pm
How many penalties had Ghana been awarded in this tournament?
posted: 10:58 pm
Overrated black star, told them before that star ain't black and will never be.
posted: 11:13 pm
Nigerians talk too much,it's enough to give The Super Eagles bad luck,pea brains... May God favor remain with The Super Eagles...Amen.
posted: 11:20 pm
Ghanians are nosy neighbours.....crap team!
posted: 11:26 pm
CAF is a hopeless,incompetent and corrupt organisation.It has it's plan to make sure Nigeria did not make it out of the group stage,to achieve that they had to employ the service a referee that has been indicted in his home country ( Algeria) for corruption and match fixing. When that did not work on the first day of Nigeria's participation in the competition,they had to enploy a different tactic by awording a penalty against Nigeria from a contact between a Nigerian defender and a Zambian forward which occured outside of the 18 yard box."God does not like ugly "that's why he did not allow those antics to affect Nigerian spirit in the competition.They tried directly to eliminate Nigeria,it did not work so they had to try indirectly by eliminating Borkina Faso hoping that Ghana will defeat Nigeria in the Finals. It was clear to everyone,the referee included that Pitroipa was brought down in the box.The Ghana defender's Leg was way above Pitroipa's knees.There is no way the referee could not have seen that.I believe he was working on CAF's instruction to make sure Ghana met Nigeria in the Finals because of their believe that Ghana is a stronger team than Borkina Faso,also that Ghana would defeat Nigeria in the finals which was and is a fantasy and will alway remain a fantasy.The Ghana defender was supposed to get a yellow card at the least for that tackle not Pitroipa.I was surprissed he did not make the Ghana guys retake the penalties the missed in order for CAF to achieve their goal.We are not fooled by CAF so they should stop trying.Would CAF had reversed the outcome of the match had Ghana won the match duo to the blunder caused by the referee and have Borkina Faso play in the finals against Nigeria on sunday? We all know they won't............Caf and the referees have to be investigated for match fixing.

posted: 11:30 pm
@mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwes'bili, the way I see it, you've got to appreciate the little ones before you can the bigger ones.

Mali can celeberate these bronzes now. In time and one day they will celeberate the gold.

As for Ghana, take heart guys. Sometimes football sucks. The good thing is that the Ghanaian team has the foundation for being a great team in the future. So Black Stars square up and look ahead.

Hopefully and by God's grace the Eagles of Nigeria will overcome Bourkina Faso no matter their determination tomorrow February 10 at the National Stadium in Jo'burg.
posted: 11:41 pm
A big shame to Ghana team. They have used mouth to carry the nations cup not even playing the game to secure 3rd place. Up Mali.
posted: 11:46 pm
posted: 12:32 am
@TeellThemm, I beg to differ, there are some stars that are black - the ones that has lost its light and no longer shine as a result (they used to be bright stars).
posted: 01:20 am
Dimmed Stars of Ghana.....
posted: 01:28 am
@Deking, I'll rather bore myself to sleep than spend my time on your very illogical post! Pathetic!
posted: 02:01 am
Mali e tla lula e ja Ghana.
posted: 02:45 am
wow what if it was Nigeria vs Ghana final

6-1 be dat
posted: 04:43 am
Rest In peace black stone! Anyway, bafunny-banana are no where to b found! I pIty dem with all their muti/sangoma. Failure team. dats to shw dt 1996 cup ws won cos of super eagles absent! Up super eagles!
posted: 07:29 am
Yes Ghana losing 3-1 to a team which was walloped by Nigeria 4-1,its not that Ghana is too bad but it shows how good Nigeria is.Nigeria must win this cup at all cost.God bless the Super Eagles.
posted: 07:32 am
Nxa Ghana players are disgusting with their penalty hollywood acts. I assume they even take an hour prictising how 2 dive for penalties.
posted: 07:34 am
The fact that the team that beat Ghana 3-1 was walloped by Nigeria 4-1 does not indicate the weakness of Ghana but it indicates how powerful the Super Eagles are.God bless the SE win this cup.
posted: 07:40 am
The fact that the team that beat Ghana 3-1 was beaten by Nigeria 4-1 does not indicate the weakness of Ghana but it indicates how powerful Nigeria is.God bless Nigeria win this cup.
posted: 08:12 am
The fact that the team that beat Ghana 3-1 was walloped by Nigeria 4-1 does not indicate the weakness of Ghana but it indicates how powerful Nigeria is.God bless Nigeria win this cup.
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