Ghana's Black Satellites kept alive their hopes at the ongoing 16th African Youth Championship, Rwanda 2009, with a 2-0 win over Mali in their Group A clash on Wednesday at the Amahoro Stadium.
A goal in each half by midfielders Gladson Awako and striker Ransford Osei kept alive the next round aspiratons of the two-time winners.
The loss the second for the Malians mathematically rules them out of contention for one of the continent's ticket for the World Championships despite a game in hand.
The Young Eagles who needed to avoid defeat to remain in the hunt started very well but found the Ghanaian defence a mountain too tall to climb.
The Satellites after squandering several chances in their opening clash against Cameroon atoned for their efforts with the first goal through Awako on 17 minutes.
Awako, who stars for CAF-MTN Champions League debutants Hearts of Lions headed home a cross from Abeiku Quansah which the Malian goalie had no answers.
Both teams resumed strongly but it was the Ghanaians whose effort paid off in the 78th minute when Osei connected David Addy's inswnger after Malian goalie Ballo Cheikh had fumbled in his bid to grab the ball.
With elimination staring at them, the Malians multiplied in attack the Ghanaian backline remained resolute.
Ghana has four points and will wrap up their campaign against hosts Rwanda on Saturday whilst pointless Mali play for pride against Cameroon.