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U23 AFCON 2023: Ghana take on Congo today

The Black Meteors of Ghana will take on their Congolese counterparts in the second group game of the tournament this afternoon at 15:00GMT.

Ibrahim Tanko and his boys are eyeing qualification to the next stage of the competition as they eye a ticket for the 2024 Olympic Games to be staged in Paris.

The Meteors have been preparing for the tournament over two months and are in a good shape to face their opponents.

Tanko’s boys had a ten-day training tour in Egypt where they played their Egyptian U23 side as well as Zamalek in friendlies.

The Ghana u23 side drew 1-1 with their Egyptian U23 side before beating Zamalek 4-1 in their final preparatory game.

Tanko announced his final squad for the tournament after the friendly games and will take on Congo this afternoon in the tournament.

Ghana’s group opponent Morocco on Saturday staged a comeback to beat Guinea by 2-1 in a nail-biting game to sit on top of the group.

The Black Meteors will need to beat Congo to facilitate their chances of qualifying to the next stage of the competition.

With Ernest Nuamah joining from the Black Stars and Fatawu Issahaku also arriving from Sporting Lisbon, Ghana’s chances of qualifying look brighter.

The game will be handled by Egyptian referee Mohammed Ahmed Nagy Mosa.

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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