Ghana having lost to a more physical Malian side at the finals of the last African U-17 Championship in Gabon, would need to be more disciplined and physical to edge out the Malians and progress to the next round of the competition.
The Eagles of Mali coach Jonas Kokou Komla has hailed his team's memorable win over the Black Starlets in the quarterfinals of the U-17 FIFA World Cup now ongoing in India.
Ghana pulled one back in the 70th minute through Kudus Mohamed who converted a penalty awarded the Starlets, but was not enough for them to get the much needed equaliser.
With puddles of water in areas, several patches of the pitch looked like muddy fields.
Ghana had been impressive in the group stages and Round of 16, but their attacking prowess could hardly make its presence felt on Saturday as Mali put in a superb performance in both attack and defence.
Jim Caldwell's Forecast | Warm temps settle in for a few days
The forecast calls for a high of around 75 degrees in most of the state and temperatures in the upper 60s in the Cape May area. A much stronger and more impactful cold front will finally be allowed to approach from the west by late Monday into Tuesday .
Forward Hadji Drame drew first blood for Mali in the 15th minute with a solo run from the right flank after a pass from midfielder Djemoussa Traore.
The goal didn't upset Ghana and they started to create more and more attack on opponent goal.
But the goal was disallowed as Ghana's Mohammed Kudus had fouled Ibrahim Kane while heading the incoming cross towards Sulley.
Mali were in more attacking mood in the game but after the match the statistics revealed that ball possession between Mali and Ghana were 51 and 49 percent respectively.
Mali's second goal came from a goalkeeping error in the 61st minute as Danlad Ibrahim came way off his line to clear a long ball, but failed to connect properly.