Ghana’s ambition to qualify for next year’s Olympic tournament in Tokyo 2020 is still on course as they engage Cote d’Ivoire tomorrow at the semi-final stage of the Africa U-23 tournament in Egypt.
The Meteors who defeated Mali 2-0 in their third group match played at the Al Salam Stadium last Thursday seems to have been fired up as they face neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire who defeated Zambia by a lone goal to book a place with Ghana at this stage of the tournament.
Coach Ibrahim Tanko, who was beside himself with joy after victory over Mali, said having come this far, nothing would stand between his charges and the ticket to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game.
“A few people expected us to qualify, but we kept believing. Thanks to my players who had a great character today,” this is our chance” he said.
Ironically, his Cote d’Ivoire counterpart, Souhailo Haidara, who defeated Zambia by a lone goal in their last match, has other plans as they meet the Meteors tomorrow.
“We know what we have to do when we meet Ghana. It will not be easy but having come this far, we will go all out against Ghana to enable us to book a place for the grand finale,” he said.