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Wakaso: Golden Boot candidate

Wakaso: Golden Boot candidate

Mali and Ghana will lock horns for a fourth time in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments in the 2013 third-and-fourth-place play-off at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday evening.

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Last year, in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, it was the Eagles that secured a third-placed finish after seeing off Kwesi Appiah's men 2-0, an exact reverse of the same fixture in that year's Group B.

This time around the Black Stars again came up trumps in their group clash against the Eagles, winning 1-0, and the two countries will once more square up as they battle it out for the bronze medal in South Africa.

Ghana had entered the 2013 installment as one of the favourites to lift the continental crown, but saw their charge to the final halted in the last-four as they went down to Burkina Faso on penalties.

The Eagles, meanwhile, had seen off hosts South Africa to book their place in the semi-final, but crashed and burned against Nigeria, who ran out 4-1 winners on Wednesday.

Mali skipper Seydou Keita will now be eager to lead the side to a second successive bronze medal at AFCON, although at 33 the midfielder has probably lost out on his chance to lift Africa's biggest prize.

For Ghana, Mubarak Wakaso will be hoping to finish the tournament with the Golden Boot, the striker currently tied on four goals with Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike.

Captain Asamoah Gyan, meanwhile, is just two goals away from equalling Wilberforce Mfum's record as the highest Ghanaian scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations with eight goals.

Posted: 08/02/13 11:28

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