The black meteors of Ghana are yet to gain a qualification to Olympics games since 2004 in Athens.
They give it another shot by playing their first group game against Congo Brazzaville. The first half was scoreless, but the Black Meteors flipped the game on its head in the second half, with Emmanuel Yeboah’s brace and Ernest Nuamah’s goal clinching the game.
They were given a late scare, though, when the Congolese scored two late goals to ensure a tight finish to the game.
Ibrahim Tanko put his best foot forward when he named a formidable lineup that included Ibrahim Danlad, Emmanuel Essiam, Fatawu Issahaku, Daniel Afriyieh Barnieh, and Nuamah.
Despite dominating the early exchanges, Ghana was unable to maintain its tempo and faded after the 10th minute.
Congo were more at ease as the minutes passed and tested Danlad twice after producing the better chances as the first half finished scoreless.
Tanko’s early substitutions in the second half, on the other hand, proved to be a masterstroke, with Yeboah, who replaced Barnieh, setting up Nuamah for the first goal.
When Yeboah teamed with Issahaku before hammering the ball into the net to give Ghana a two-goal advantage, he switched from supplier to scorer.
Yeboah scored Ghana’s third penalty after watching teammate Edmund Arko-Mensah fail twice, after the referee ordered a retake owing to the goalkeeper going off his line on both occasions.
The Black Meteors appeared to be on their way to an easy victory, but a late collapse saw Congo score two goals in two minutes to seal a respectable 3-2 loss.
Ghana’s next match is against Morocco on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.