Mali/Ghana: Mali Re-Strategizes to Face Black Stars

The Eagles of Mali hope to make changes to their tactics to enable them beat Ghana when the two sides clash in a crucial match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations match.

The Eagles have an early advantage in Group B thanks to their 1-0 win over Niger in their opening game of the group on Sunday.

The victory of the Eagles means they top their group with three points after Ghana was held to a 2-2 draw by DR Congo at the group's Port Elizabeth venue.

The Black Stars are chasing a victory against Mali to ease their fears of reaching the second round of the competition in South Africa.

With the Black Stars regarded as one of the best teams in the tournament coupled with their offensive style of play. Mali Coach Patrice Carteron says he will change his formation to be able to get a result against the Black Stars of Ghana.

"Of course [we'll change tactics]. We knew the game against Niger would be complicated against a very defensive team," Patrice Carteron said.

"This time it will be different. Against Ghana last year, the team lost easily 2-0 and so we want to show that Malian football is improving.

"We can play well against the best teams in Africa - like Ghana and Ivory Coast - and to get a result would be fantastic.

"All the players are motivated but I will make some small changes because for me Ghana is a better team than Niger."

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