Black Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko discloses tactical plan as Ghana seal qualification to CAF U-23 tournament

Published on: 11 September 2019

Ghana U-23 head coach Ibrahim Tanko has disclosed the tactical plan which helped his side beat Algeria 1-0 to qualify for the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Meteors were held to a 1-1 draw by the Fennec Foxes last Friday at the Accra Sports Stadium before traveling to Algeria to seal a 1-0 win courtesy a 67th-minute strike from Yaw Yeboah.

After the game, coach Tanko told, ''We made two changes in today's game because looking at the first leg, we saw that especially in the first half our midfield was poor so we decided to play with two holding midfielders today- [Isaac] Twum and Michael [Abgerkornu].

''Michael did very well in the first half, but unfortunately, we had to change him because he had a yellow card and we don't want to play with one less especially with this game.

''So looking at the scoreline we had to risk a little bit so we brought in Osman Bukari who's more offensive and then we drew Yaw Yeboah back to play with Twum so this changes gave us more options upfront.''

Celta Vigo forward Yaw Yeboah scored a beautiful solo goal in the second-half to ensure Ghna sealed a 2-1 aggregate win.

The Black Stars deputy coach says his team scored through a worked-out plan and not against the run of play.

''So when you look at the goal Yaw Yeboah scored, it's also part of the tactical plan change we did because we put Isaac Twum in front of the back four and gave Yaw the free role that he can move everywhere,'' he added.

''He took the ball from the midfield and went through the defence to score a very good goal for us.''

Ghana will be making her first appearance in the tournament after missing out in Morocco 2011 and Senegal 2015.

The Black Meteors will join hosts Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Mali for the 2019 tournament between November 8 and 22.

The Afcon will, in turn, serve as qualifiers for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games, with the top three teams in Egypt set to represent Africa at the global showpiece.