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2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Mali 1-2 Ghana – Player Ratings

The Black Stars of Ghana showed impressive resilience and fighting spirit on Thursday night to beat the Eagles of Mali 2-1 in the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

We look at how every player of the Black Stars fared in that hard-fought win.

Lawrence Ati-Zigi – 6.85
The shot-stopper had a good day at the office with his performance in-between the sticks helping Ghana to secure the three points away from home.

In the early parts of the first half, he pulled off two fantastic saves that kept the Black Stars in the game.

Although he conceded a goal, he can be proud of his performance.

Alidu Seidu – 6.40

The fullback played in a different system deployed by Ghana head coach Otto Addo today.

Playing alongside two centre-backs in defense, Alidu Seidu had to adapt when the shape of the Black Stars was a five-back system as well.

He was decent and made several clearances. However, he was dribbled past a few times in situations that could have cost Ghana. In all, he was not bad.

Tariq Lamptey – 6.90

The Brighton & Hove Albion youngster worked his socks off for the Black Stars tonight.

He was ever present in the attack and almost involved in everything that happened for the visitors in the 18-yard box of Mali.

His willingness to track back to help the defense of the Black Stars was commendable. A good day at the office for the young man.

Gideon Mensah – 6.80

With his experience, Gideon Mensah could have done more for the Black Stars. His first-half performance in particular was not impressive. Overall, he lost possession one too many times and one almost led to Mali scoring. For his willingness to work hard for his team, he deserves commendation.

Mohammed Salisu – 7.0

A rock at the back for the Black Stars throughout the 90 minutes. Showed the desire to help Ghana get the win away from home. Made so many interceptions and clearances to contribute to the victory. Kudos to Salisu.

Alexander Djiku – 7.0

Ghana’s no-nonsense defender. He has gradually become the commander in defense for the Black Stars.

He put up a good performance with his ability to make clearances and win aerial duels. His ability to pass the ball was also noticeable.

Thomas Partey – 7.10

Thomas Partey should have scored today. He was a leader throughout the game and calmed nerves on several occasions in the first half.

As promised in his pre-match presser, he used his experience to guide the young Black Stars to victory. Ghana will need him to be clinical in Kumasi next week. Good to have you back, Thomas.

Salis Abdul Samed – 7.20

Calm on the ball but blessed with sleek passing and intelligence on the ball. Salis Abdul Samed put up a fine performance against Mali. His exquisite pass to Ernest Nuamah for Ghana’s first goal was key in the victory. You did well Salis!

Mohammed Kudus – 6.40

The poster boy of the Black Stars did not have his best game. He was closed down by multiple players anything he got on the ball, making it difficult for him to express himself.

He lost possession many times and could not influence the game. Hopefully, he will come alive in the next game.

Ernest Nuamah 7.40

The young Olympique Lyon man scored the crucial first goal for the Black Stars to inspire Ghana to the 2-1 win.

His skills lit up the game as he proved his quality in the tough away game. More to come from the young sensation.

Antoine Semenyo – 7.20

A warrior for the Black Stars in the attack. He was unlucky not to score today, especially in the first half. In all, his pressing and attacking play was good for the team.

Jordan Ayew – 7.35
The experienced Black Stars striker made a big impact off the bench. His late goal made the difference to ensure the Black Stars amassed all three points.

He almost got an assist with that impressive through-ball to Thomas Partey. Good game from Jordan!!

Elisha Owusu – 6.30

Came in to augment the midfield of the Black Stars after replacing Abdul Salis Samed. His ability to control things in midfield allowed Thomas Partey to surge forward and almost score.

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