Coach Ibrahim Tanko : I’m ‘100% sure’ Black Meteors will qualify

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Ibrahim Anyars Tanko, the Black Meteors’ head coach, has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that his team defeats Guinea on Friday at the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier.

Only a victory for the national U-23 team will guarantee them entry to the knockout stages of the ongoing 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, with the Guineans currently occupying second position in Group A due to a better goal difference.

After the team’s final practice at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on Wednesday, Tanko addressed the media at the team’s camp in the Ibis Hotel in Rabat. While acknowledging the unpredictability of football, Tanko maintained his confidence in Ghana’s capacity to earn the three points and advance.

Ghana’s coach Ibrahim Tanko is optimistic that his team will advance to the competition’s semifinals. “It’s football, so anything can happen, but I’m 100 percent sure that we are going to have the three points and qualify,” said Tanko.

Tanko informed the crowd that his team had not been discouraged by the 5-1 loss to Morocco and had been upbeat throughout practice. Despite this setback, Tanko stated that he will employ some tactical adjustments and rely on the adaptability of his brilliant offensive players to engineer a victory over Guinea.

To defeat Guinea on Friday, the Black Meteors coach will rely on the talented Ernest Nuamah and others.
He emphasized the adaptability of players like Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Ernest Nuamah Appiah, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, and Emmanuel Yeboah, highlighting their significance in ensuring Ghana’s passage into the knockout stages with precise goal-scoring.

The team left Rabat on Thursday for a three-hour trip to Tangier, where they will play their Guinean opponents in a match that must be won on Friday, June 30 at the Ibn Batouta Stadium. Start time is 0:00 GMT.

The Meteors have called Rabat home for the duration of their Group A campaign. To ensure their qualification to the tournament’s knockout stages, they will now travel the three hours to the seaside city of Tangiers to play Guinea.

In order to appropriately prepare for the impending game, the delegation, which included players, technical staff, and officials, departed Rabat on Thursday morning.

The team is expected to train at the Stadium Annex GST between 8 and 9 p.m. on Thursday after arriving in Tangiers. Additionally, from 7:30 to 7:55 p.m., coach Ibrahim Tanko will speak to the media at the stadium’s media center.

The Meteors won their opening match 3-2 over Congo to start the competition, but their second encounter ended in a humiliating 5-1 loss to the hosts Morocco. Due to Ghana’s unfavorable goal differential and Guinea’s 3-1 victory over Congo, only a victory will guarantee their advancement.

The hosts of the competition, Morocco, who have already qualified, will play Congo, who have been ousted from the competition, in a dead rubber match in another Group A match.

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