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U23 AFCON: Ibrahim Tanko eyes arrival of top players for Morocco tournament

Ghana has been paired in Group A with hosts Morocco as well as Guinea and Congo.

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.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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