Ghana players celebrate after final kick from penalty spot Credit: CAFOnline

2017 CAF U-17 Championship:


  • Ghana 0 (6) – 0 (5) Niger
  • Mali 0 (2) – 0 (0) Guinea
[/media-credit] Ghana players celebrate with their national flag after the semi-final victory Credit: CAFOnline

It will be a clash of two West African entities in the final of the 2017 CAF U-17 championship this coming Sunday when Ghana locks horns with Mali at the Stade L’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon.

The feat followed tense and breathe-taking semifinal clashes on Wednesday evening. Ghana overcame Niger 6-5 on post match penalties and Mali defeated Guinea 2-0, also in penalties. Both encounters had failed to produce a goal in normal time.

Mali goalkeeper Youssouf Koita was the hero as they ensured their second consecutive final with a slim 2-0 penalty shootout win against Guinea.

In the resultant penalty shootout, the Le Syli Cadets lost all their four  kicks including three saves by Koita while his compatriots Hadji Drame and Fode Konate scored to take Mali yet to another final following their success in Niamey two years ago where they beat South Africa 2-0 in the final.

In the other semifinal, two-time winners Ghana Black Starlets eased through after a nervy 6-5 penalty shootout win over the Le Mena Cadets of Niger.

CAF man of the match Emmanuel Toku scored the decisive kick after Niger’s Djibrilla Mossi saw his kick ricocheted off the bar.

On Sunday, Mali will face Ghana for the trophy while Guinea face off with Niger in the match for third place with both matches taking place at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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