Assistant coach of the Black Meteors Godwin Attram has disclosed that the technical team plan to invite Black Stars players who fall within the age category of the upcoming U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
Ibrahim Tanko named eight foreign-based players among his squad for the final round of qualifiers against Algeria which included Fatawu Issahaku, Ibrahim Danlad, and Daniel Afriyie Barnieh who both represented Ghana as part of the Black Stars team that featured at the 2022 World Cup.
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku goal for Ghana Black Meteors (U-23) against Algeria (U-23).
The second leg between Ghana U23 vs Algeria U23 will be played on Tuesday, 28th March, 2023 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
First leg ended 1-1. pic.twitter.com/Cw9u2GDSoj
— Andydotcom (@Andydotcom_gh) March 25, 2023
Tanko has named an initial 22-man squad comprising only local-based players and is expected to announce more names in the coming days.
Attram who assists Tanko hinted that they will not overlook any eligible talent from the Black Stars but hopes they follow the advice of the technical team to help the team achieve their aim.
“The technical team have discussed these things and we feel that those who are under the age and are capable of helping the country, why not?
“They must join the Black Meteors as well, a player like Kamaldeen Sulemana and others, there is a chance for them to join the team, and we really hope that they will join and make an impact to support the country.
“The country needs this tournament to qualify for France, it is very important, we haven’t been able to qualify for the tournament and it’s bad for a country like Ghana.
“So we hope that calling them to come and join, they will give their hearts out, play very well, listen to the technical team, and make something good out of it because it is good to be an Olympian.” Godwin Attram told Radio Gold.
They both won us the U-20 WAFU B tournament, won us U-20 AFCON, both helped Ghana qualify for next year’s CHAN
They are in U-23 camp now, I’m wishing them all the best pic.twitter.com/hQfWSxYT0j
— Listowel Mensah (@Listo_Mens) October 20, 2022
Ghana will trade tackles with Morocco, Congo, and Guinea in Group A of the tournament which serves as a qualification grounds for the next Olympic Games slated for 2024 in Paris.
Ghana are aiming to return to global competition after failing to show up since 2004.