Ghana U23 manager Anyass Ibrahim Tanko is expecting a large number of foreign-based players to join his side for the U23 tournament to be played in Morocco next month.
Ghana has been paired in Group A with hosts Morocco as well as Guinea and Congo.
Following the draw which was done a week ago, the former Borussia Dortmund striker is full of confidence that most on the foreign-based players will turn up for the tournament.
“Every good player that can help us, we will invite him. Of course we have Fatawu (issahaku) Ernest Nuamah, Kamaldeen can play, Afena Gyan can play, Essiem, Salim, Zuberu…all of them are there.
We are also looking at other players who are qualified to play so definitely we will do a very good selection for Ghana so that we will break that jinx since 2004,” Tanko told footballmadeinghana.com.gh in an interview.
The gaffer recounted how his squad was depleted for the previous tournament hosted in Egypt in 2019, insisting he missed most os his in-form players for the exercise.
“A lot of the players who played the qualifiers could not come for the main tournament, and it is one of the things that limited our chance of qualifying”, he told FMIG.
He however envisages a different and a more positive scenario playing out this time around. “But I think this time we are lucky, and I’m sure we are going to have a strong team.
Ghana’s U-23 trounced Algeria over 2 legs to make the final tournament. The team boasted an exciting attacking unit comprising Sporting CP talent Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Ernest Nuamah (FC Nordsjaelland), Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (FC Zürich) to mention a few.