Olympic ambitions are dashed when the Black Meteors lose to Guinea in the U-23 AFCON. The Black Meteors, Ghana’s U-23 national team, said goodbye to the CAF U-23 AFCON competition tonight in Tangier, Morocco, after a 1-1 tie with Guinea at the Ibn Batouta Stadium.
Guinea entered the game comfortably leading Group A, trailing the group’s top team, Morocco, and knowing that a draw would guarantee their advancement based on goal differential. But against all odds, the Ghanaians scored the game’s opening goal in the 33rd minute, going against the game’s momentum. The CFR Cluj attacker Emmanuel Yeboah smartly converted from the penalty spot after being expertly set up by Fatawu Issahaku.
Olympic ambitions are dashed when the Black Meteors lose to Guinea in the U-23 AFCON.
Ghana was able to maintain their lead until halftime despite Guinea’s persistent dominance in possession.
When play resumed, Meteors coach Ibrahim Tanko was obliged to make a change, bringing in the nimble winger Ernest Appiah Nuamah to replace the important player Yeboah, who had contributed significantly to the tournament with three goals and an assist.
When Guinea’s captain, Ibrahima Breze Fofana, struck a strong long-range effort past Ghana’s goalkeeper, Ibrahim Danlad, in the 60th minute, Ghana found themselves pinned back due to their inability to keep possession of the ball.
The finest opportunity for Ghana to take the lead in the second half came from Nuamah in the 78th minute, but Mory Keita of Guinea stopped his angled attempt.
It’s important to note that since 2004, Ghana hasn’t advanced to the Olympic football event.