After failing to beat Ivory Coast in the semi-finals of the ongoing U23 AFCON, Ghana will now face South Africa in the third place playoff on Friday to grab the final ticket to represent Africa at the global event in Tokyo.
The Black Meteors were beaten 3:2 on penalties in their semi-final clash with Ivory Coast after a 2:2 stalemate in regulation time on Tuesday.
After the match, the GFA president was at the team’s hotel to inspire and reassure the players that all hope is not lost and urged them to psyche themselves for the final battle on Friday.
“This match is gone let’s focus on the next match on Friday and our next opponents. All hope is not lost”.
Our ambition is to qualify to the Olympics if we fight like we did in the second half (against Côte D’Ivoire) we will make it to the Olympics”, the Ghana FA boss stayed at the team’s hotel on Tuesday evening.
He implored the players to remain positive ahead of the third place playoff.
“Let’s be positive about Friday and get the conviction that we can do it”.
“This team has gone through battles and people have lost hope. Once again We will give hope back to the entire nation on Friday by securing a ticket to Tokyo”, Mr. Kurt Okraku reiterated.
The third place match will kick off at 16:30hrs local time (14:30hrs) at the Cairo International Stadium.