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U23 AFC0N 2023: Ibrahim Tanko eyes Olympic qualification ahead of group opener

Tanko is motivated to lead his outstanding team toward gaining their place at the renowned Olympic Games with goals that go beyond simply winning the trophy

Ghana u23 manager Ibrahim Anyars Tanko is optimistic his side will secure a ticket for the 2024 Olympic Games to be staged in France ahead of the tournament opener in the 2023 Afcon U-23 tournament.

Ghana will take on Congo on Sunday afternoon in the second game of the group after Morocco beat Guinea 2-1 in the group opener.

Tanko is motivated to lead his outstanding team toward gaining their place at the renowned Olympic Games with goals that go beyond simply winning the trophy.

At Rabat’s Prince Moulay Abdullah Stadium on Sunday, Ghana’s U23 AFCON campaign will get underway against Congo.

The second Group matchup between Ghana and the competition’s hosts, Morocco, will take place at the same venue on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, before the final round of Group fixtures against Guinea at the Grand Stade de Tangier.

“Our target is to qualify to the Olympic Games but of of course there is a trophy at stake so we want to win it too,” he said.

“Our preparations have been good. We started in Ghana and went to Egypt. Our objective is to qualify and to win the ultimate”, Coach Tanko said at the pre-match conference on Saturday, June 24 2023,”

“I was at the last edition of this competition in Egypt so i have an idea how its going to be. All the teams deserve to be here and I think it’s going to be a very good tournament,”

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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