2019 CAF U-23: Two GFA ExCo members did not want Ghana to qualify – Ibrahim Tanko shockingly reveals
Ibrahim Tanko has shockingly revealed that two Ghana Football Association Executive Committee members did not want Ghana to qualify for the 2019 Caf U-23 tournament in Egypt.
The Black Meteors booked their qualification for the tournament over Algeria.
The Black Meteors were held in the first leg to a 1-1 draw by Algeria at the Accra Sports Stadium on September 6, 2019.
However, Yaw Yeboah’s only goal propelled to a win to go through on 2-1 aggregate i Algiers.
Prior to the second leg, almost the entire nation did not give the Meteors the slightest chance of qualifying for the tournament in Egypt.
But according to Tanko, some executive committee members of the GFA wished he failed to qualify because he dropped their players.
“Sometimes it is very difficult because of some of the players whose managers are executive committee members,” the former Black Stars assistant coach said.
“So sometimes it is not easy to drop a player.
“I can tell you even when we played against Algeria here [in Ghana] 1-1, I know two exco-members who were very happy because I dropped their players at that match.
“So all of them, I think most Ghanaians thought we were going to lose since we played 1-1 here in Ghana.
“We went there to qualify to Egypt but if I tell you why I dropped the players I even saved the players.
“Because if I come out to give the reason why I dropped them, I will have collapsed their career.
“So let’s leave it there and move on.” Ibrahim Tanko told Muftawu Nabila on the Nabila Show.
Ghana failed to win the tournament, finishing 4th after losing to South Africa 6-5 on penalty shootouts.
The defeat meant Ghana also missed out on the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan set for this year.
Source: Modern Ghana