Black Queens And Black Meteors Seek Olympic Qualification

Black Queens And Black Meteors Seek Olympic Qualification

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The Black Queens have to beat their Gabonese counterparts to seal victory at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday September 3, 2019 in the bid to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The Black Meteors, the national under 23 team will also face Algeria on Friday September 6, 2019 at the same venue.

Ghana will host the first leg on Friday September 6 at the Accra sports stadium.

The Black Meteors will travel to Algiers for the return encounter scheduled for Tuesday September 10.

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This year's edition of the U23 Africa Nations Cup will be staged between 5-22 November 2019 in Egypt.

The tournament will determine which three African teams will compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

There are huge concerns that the country may not be able to present a solid team for the two-legged ties against Algeria if the players are unable to travel to Accra.

The likes of Benjamin Tetteh, Kwabena Owusu, Majeed Ashimeru, Joseph Paintsil, Gideon Mensah, Edward Sarpong, Yaw Yeboah and Osman Bukari amongst others are expected to augment the squad.

The home-based players have been in camp since August 7 playing series of friendly matches against local sides.

Ghana's foreign-based players have been asked to buy their own air tickets for the 2019 CAF U-23 Cup of Nations final qualifying round tie against Algeria this month.

Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports are cash-strapped and will not pay for the travel of foreign-based players for the match against the North African side in Accra on Friday September 6.

The Ministry has asked the 11-players invited for the two-legged ties to borne the cost of their travel arrangements in a dramatic twist to the sorry financial situation of the ministry.

Black Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko has called up 11 experienced foreign-based players as he seeks to lead the team to qualify for the African U23 championship and subsequently make it to the Olympic Games.

Ghana is looking to make it to the next Olympic Games after missing out of the competition since 2004.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

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