Cordoba CF forward, Kwabena Owusu came from the bench to bag brace as the Black Meteors humbled Mali in the last round of games to make it into the semi finals of the ongoing CAF U-23 Cup of Nations.
The Malians gave the Meteors a very difficult game more especially in the first half. They dominated play in terms of possession, chances creation, attempts on goal and others.
The Eagles made a lot of decent attempts but the intervention of goalkeeper Kwame Baah still kept the Meteors in the game as the half time ended goalless.
Kwabena Owusu was introduced into the game for Robin Polly who was totally off in the first half. The former Salamanca striker broke the deadlock after jumping high over everyone in the box to head into the top right corner from Kingsley Fobi’s cross to give Ghana the lead.
As the game was heading into full time, a build up from goalkeeper Kwame Baah falls on Emmanuel Lomotey who flicked to the Mali defence but failed to clear that one of which Kwabena Owusu once again capitalised on that error to net his second of the night, just what Ghanaians were waiting for.
Whiles Ghana were winning, they had to also rely on Egypt to beat Cameroon before they can cruise to the semis and of course the young Pharoahs did just that after beating Cameroon 2-1 to maintain their hundred percent run so far in the tourney.
Egypt topped Group A with 9 points with Ghana finishing on the second position with 4 points. Egypt will take on the runners up of Group B in the semis whereas Ghana will play the winner of Group B. The Olympic Games slots is still at stake to grab.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim