Mali proved a tough nut to crack for the four-time AFCON winners as they have always been a difficult customer for Ghana in all competitions at different levels of football. It was not any different as the Eagles defeated the Black Stars 3-0 on Friday night.
Hamari Traore's goal in the 3rd minute threw the Stars in disarray and nearly caused a second goal for the Malians moments later but a timely Ati-Zigi save rescued the Black Stars.
Jordan Ayew's attempt to draw the equaliser for his side, inside the half-hour mark got blocked by the resolute defence of the Eagles.
A goal in less than 3 minutes into the second half by El Bilal Toure after he connected from an inswinging cross sent the Eagles to a 2 goal lead at Turkey.
Amadou Traore capitalized on wobbling Ghanaian defence to make it three goals in the 75th minute without a consolation from the Black Stars.
The Coach of the Black Stars rued tactical indiscipline on the part of the Stars led to their humiliating defeat;
''Tactically we were also not disciplined, the things we discussed that we were going to do, we didn’t do them, it was only few minutes that we did that and it didn’t really help us. We didn’t really show a good performance, its rather unfortunate that we played the way we did.
Black Stars Squad:Lawrence Ati-Zigi (GK), Gideon Mensah, Tarique Fosu-Henry, Nicholas Opoku, Kassim Nuhu, Bernard Mensah, Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew (C), Eugene Ansah.