No show since 2004. Starting Friday, Ghana will attempt to end her long-absence at the Olympic Games men’s football competition when they take on seven other countries at the Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The U23 AFCON is the final leg of qualifiers to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top three finishers at the tournament will represent Africa in Japan.
The Black Meteors were a force to reckon with when it came to football at the Olympic Games. Consistently, qualifying and achieving an unprecedented feat in Barcelona, 1992. Ghana became the first African nation to win a medal, bronze, in men’s football. That record has, however, been bettered by West African rivals, Nigeria [gold in 1996] and Cameroon [gold in 2000].
Since the Athens Games in 2004, it’s been a series of heartbreaks for Ghanaians but this crop of Black Meteors players have the opportunity to write their own history. Led by former Ghanaian international Ibrahim Tanko, the team seems confident of earning one of three qualification slots.