A win versus Guinea is essential for the Meteors.

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The outcome of Ghana’s Black Meteors’ crucial group match against Guinea might have an impact on their chances of qualifying for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024 as well as their fate in the current U-23 Africa Cup of Nations competition.

The game today, which kicks off at 8 p.m. GMT at the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangiers, is crucial for the two teams competing to join Morocco in the semi-finals.

The Meteors are aiming to come back and earn a crucial victory over Guinea, who now hold the second slot in Group A with a better goal differential over the Meteors, after suffering a heartbreaking 1-5 loss to tournament hosts Morocco last Tuesday.

If they want to advance in the competition and earn a spot in the Paris Olympic Games in 2024, Coach Ibrahim Tanko’s team has no choice but to win today’s match.

Tanko’s assurance

Coach Tanko assured supporters that every effort would be made to earn the essential three points required for qualifying, expressing his unshakeable commitment to lead his team to success.

He told the Daily Graphic that despite the unpredictability of football, he remained confidence in Ghana’s capacity to win.

He said, “I’m 100 percent sure that we will have the three points and qualify. It’s football, so anything can happen.”

The head coach assured the crowd that despite the crushing loss to Morocco, the team’s morale were still high.

He emphasized the adaptability of his excellent offensive players, including Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Ernest Nuamah Appiah, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, and Emmanuel Yeboah, saying that their precise goal-scoring will be crucial in ensuring Ghana’s advancement to the penultimate round. Meteors

Tanko wants to improve both the team’s defensive vulnerability and its carelessness in front of goal, which have been exposed in their two previous games, due to concerns about player weariness brought on by the trip from Rabat to Tangiers.

Players such as Dominic Nsobilla, Emmanuel Essian, Salim Adams, and Hafiz Adams have been rotated by the coach as part of his team.

Emmanuel Yeboah, who scored twice for Ghana in their 3-2 victory against Congo, and Captain Barnieh, both of whom have started a game, are vying to start up front, with link men Issahaku and Nuamah lining up on each side of the sides.

Guinea, on the other hand, goes into the game knowing that a draw would be enough to qualify.

They have put on spectacular performances, losing 1-2 to Morocco on a last-second penalty before winning 3-1 against Congo with 10 men.

Guinea’s assault will be led by striker Algassime Bah and midfielder Aguibo Camara, which will present a challenge for the Meteors’ defense.


The final and third-place playoff winners will earn qualification for the 2024 Summer Olympics, a competition the Ghanaians haven’t competed for since 2004. This makes tonight’s match even more important.

A team from the Asian Confederation and the fourth-placed team will also fight in the playoff for the final Olympic spot.

So, winning this match would greatly increase the winning team’s prospects of earning an Olympic spot.

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