The Black Satellites will seek to advance to the quarter final stage of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup when they face their Malian counterparts for the third time this year in Wellington, New Zealand on Wednesday morning.
The Malians beat Ghana 1-0 in the group stage of the 2015 African Youth Championships in Senegal before Ghana avenged the defeat with a 3-1 win in the third place playoff match.
Ghana made it into the last 16 of the competition after emerging top of their group which included Argentina, Austria, Panama.
Les Aiglons on the other hand qualified to round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams as they fell behind Group D winners Serbia and Uruguay.
And ahead of the match which will kick off at 4:00 am (GMT) Coach Sellas Tetteh has told FIFA.com that: “We have prepared the boys to expect the challenges of the next stage, but I think we are capable of moving forward. We are very, very capable. We are going to work seriously towards that and we will see how it goes.”
He further expressed optimism after making it through a difficult group, his side has what it takes to make it to the last four of the competition.
Midfielder Clifford Aboagye who suffered a groin injury in the last group match against Panama is expected to return to the side after making a quick recovery.
The match which will be played in the Wellington Regional Stadium will be officiated by Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha with Waleed Ahmed (Sudan) and Berhe Tesfagiorghis (Eritrea) as assistants.