We must beat Mali to keep World Cup hopes alive – Otto Addo

Ghana head coach Otto Addo has urged his side to beat Mali in their Group I qualifier on Thursday, June 7, if they are to keep their 2026 World Cup dreams alive.

The Black Stars are currently fifth on the table, but a win in Bamako could propel them up to second ahead of their match against Central African Republic on Monday.

Addo admits it will be a tough task, but knows the importance of taking three points.

“It’s a very important match for us,” he said. “We are one point behind Mali and we have to win to give us a chance of qualifying for the World Cup.”

Mali, who have won two of their last five matches, will be a formidable opponent, according to Addo.

“Mali are a very strong team with young talent, and it will be a tough game for us.”

The match kicks off at 19:00 GMT in Bamako, with Ghana knowing a win is essential to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

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