Satellites to meet Mali on Wednesday

GHANA’s Black Satellites have been paired against fellow African representatives Mali in the knockout stage of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The two African sides will clash on Wednesday, June 10.

This comes after all the Group stage games were played last Sunday.

The Black Satellites reached the knockout stages of the competition after beating Panama 1-0 in the last Group B game on Friday, June 05, 2015.

Substitute Emmanuel Boateng’s 82nd minute goal was enough to help the Satellites advance in the competition.

Mali on the other hand battled to a draw against Uruguay last Saturday to ensure they went through to the final 16 of the Fifa Under 20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Mali and Uruguay drew 1-1 to finish joint second in Group D with identical points and goal tallies.

After a drawing of lots to separate the two, Uruguay were awarded second place with Mali going through as one of the best third-placed teams

Meanwhile, chairman of the Satellites, Wilfred Osei believes the team can still perform at the World Cup in the absence of star player Clifford Aboagye.

The 20-year-old is a doubt for the Round of 16 clash against Mali on Wednesday after picking up an injury in the final group game against Panama.

Aboagye is confirmed to have picked up a muscle strain and continues to receive treatment from the Ghana medical team.

His influence on the Black Satellites since joining the side after missing the opening game has been extremely immense.

Most of the attacking buildup of the side goes through him.

His loss in the game against Mali will thus be a massive blow to Sellas Tetteh’s side but the team’s management chief believes the team can still perform in the absence of the star man.

“It is good that most of our preparations for the World Cup was with without Clifford [Aboagye],” Wilfred Osei.

“So if it is the case that we will be missing him, I am sure the team is prepared enough to cope without him.”

From Times Sports Desk

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