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Sports News Fri, 22 Nov 2019

U-23 AFCON: This is our chance to qualify- Yaw Yeboah

Black Meteors captain Yaw Yeboah says the team has recovered from the defeat to Ivory Coast in the semi-finals and have switched focus to the game against South Africa in the third place round of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations to be played at the Cairo International Stadium.

The Black Meteors lost 3-2 on penalties to Ivory Coast in the semi-finals on Tuesday whilst South Africa lost to Egypt by 3-0.

According to the Ghana captain, it was unfortunate the team couldn’t beat Ivory Coast in the semi-final but they have gone past the defeat and looking to book a place in Tokyo next year.

“We are ready and we have to forget about what happened against Ivory Coast because it was just a penalty shootout. It was unfortunate we couldn’t win.

“We are now focused on South Africa and we need to make sure we go onto the pitch and work hard to win because that is the only game to get to the Olympics. For now we are mentally and physically ready”, he told reporters at the pre-match conference.

Head coach Ibrahim Tanko also said the team is aiming for a win in today's encounter, “This is our last game and it is a game that can qualify us to the Olympics. It is not going to be an easy game as I said earlier. All the teams that came here are all equally good teams.

“My team has recovered from the defeat to Ivory Coast, we have psyched the players very well and hopefully we are going to grab our ticket to the Olympics”, he added.

The Black Meteors will be hoping to break the 15-year jinx and qualify for the Olympic football tournament next year.
Source: ghanasoccernet.com
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