Coach Sellas Tetteh and his side tasted defeat for the first time in the on-going Africa Youth Championship when they failed to recover from an early strike from Ichaka Diarra.
Ghana was deprived of their lanky striker Benjamin Tetteh who failed to recover from a an injury he picked up against Zambia in the last game but Sellas Tetteh still named a strong side which included skipper Owusu Bempah and midfield sensation Clifford Aboagye.
Ghana begun the game the brightest with some bright inter change passes between Clifford Aboagye and Prosper Kassim to set up Samuel Afful but the striker scuffed off his shot.
Mali took a surprise lead as midfielder Ichaka Diarra shot the Malians ahead after some sloppy play from the Ghanaian defense.
The Malians exerted their authority on the game after that and ceased the midfield throughout the first half with Ghana creating little in the attacking end of the Malians.
The second half started with the same tempo with Senegalese midfield duo of Aboubacar Doumbia and Fousseyni Diabate seeing more of the ball than the Ghanaian midfield duo of Clifford Aboagye and Aseidu Attobrah.
The Malians could have put the game beyond doubt on the 80th minute but for a superb save from Ghanaian goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu who pulled off a good save to deny Hamidou Traore when he was through on goal.
Clifford Aboagye made a good run into the Malian defense late on but goalkeeper Sory Ibrahimi Traore sniffed off the danger by coolly collecting a cross.
The defeat to Ghana means they finish second in Group B and face Nigeria at the semi-final on Wednesday stage while Mali top the group and take on host nations Senegal at the same stage.
The other group B match ended 5-2 for South Africa against Zambia.
By: Rahman Osman/citifmonline.com/Ghana