Sports News of Thursday, 12 September 2019
The bankroller of Kumasi-based King Faisal Football Club, Alhaji Karim Gruzah, has commended the head coach of the Black Meteors, Ibrahim Tanko, for defying all odds to qualify the team to the U-23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
After settling for a 1-1 draw with the Algerian U-23 team last Friday at the Accra Stadium, the Meteors surprised themselves and their fans when they defeated their opponents 1-0 in Setif on Tuesday, September 10, courtesy Yaw Yeboah’s 69th-minute strike.
The victory qualified Ghana alongside host Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Mali for the November 8 to 22, 2019 U-23 AFCON in the land of the Pharoahs.
Alhaji Gruzah told Graphic Sports Online that the performance of the technical team headed by Ibrahim Tanko needed to be celebrated.
“Considering what happened in Accra last Friday, there was no hope that we would qualify for the November tournament in Egypt, but Tanko has proven that in football, nothing is impossible.
“Algeria is a formidable team in Africa and to beat such a team, which included some of the players who won the 2019 AFCON in Egypt a few months ago in Algeria, is something worthwhile,” he noted.
“It is for this reason that I commend Tanko in particular, the technical team in general and the players for their sterling performance last Tuesday. As a former player of King Faisal, Tanko has really enriched my CV and that of his former team,” he added.