Ghana U-23 coach Ibrahim Tanko opens up on Ropapa Mensah's omission

Published on: 06 November 2019

Black Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko has disclosed that Nashville SC striker Ropapa Mensah was left out of the team after his club reported he suffered an injury. 

Mensah was named in the 21-man squad for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Egypt but had to be replaced by Holland based Abass Issah due to the unfortunate injury.

"We were expecting Ropapa to join the squad but we were advised by his club side that he had suffered an injury which would require that he sits out for some time before he can return to full action, thus we had to replace him in the squad," Tanko said after the team's first training session in Cairo.

"We are glad that Utrecht finally accepted to release Abass for the tournament."

The Black Meteors are presently in Egypt preparing for their oepning Group A game against Cameroon  on Friday as they seek to book a ticket for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Ghana have been drawn in Group A together with hosts Egypt, debutantes Cameroon and Mali.