Black Meteors head coach Ibrahim Tanko says though they will welcome qualification to the 2024 Olympic Games, the target of the team is to try and win the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
On Monday, June 12, Ghan is anticipated to depart Accra for Egypt to resume their pre-tournament training before the competition, which begins on June 24 in Morocco.
After qualifying at Algeria’s cost, the Black Meteors are placed in Group A alongside Morocco, Congo, and Guinea.
Ghana’s football squad last competed in the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens, Greece, where they were eliminated in the group stage despite picking up four points from three games.
While most Ghanaians hope the team will prioritise a berth in the final three to enable them to gain a spot at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the team’s coach believes they will not pass up the opportunity to win the ultimate.
“The last time we were at the AFCON, we were all disappointed because we were one penalty away from qualifying for the Olympic Games,” he told Asempa FM.
“This time around, I am confident we had quality players during the qualifiers we played. We are one of the eight teams that could win the trophy.
“If we qualify [for the Olympics] it’s good but we will still try to win the cup.”
The 29-man squad named by Tank on Tuesday is expected to depart Accra for Egypt on Monday to step up preparations for the competition in Morocco.