Ghana under-23 head coach Ibrahim Tanko has admitted that the Black Meteors are under pressure ahead of the 2019 U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.
The Black Meteors have been pitted against Egypt, Mali and Cameroon in Group A in a tournament which will be hosted by Egypt between 8 and 22 November.
The top three teams from the continental competition will book their places in the 2020 Olympic Games which will be hosted by Japan.
Ghana has not been part of the Olympic Games in terms of football since 2004.
“There is pressure everywhere, especially with Ghana’s failure to win the Africa Cup of Nations for a long time,” Tanko told Tidesports source.
“The expectations of Ghanaians are high, but that doesn’t put any pressure on the technical team nor the players.
“Let’s not forget that no one gave us a chance to make it to the U-23 AFCON, especially after what happened against Algeria in the first leg in Accra,” he added.
He said: “Or performance in the return leg won the hearts of many Ghanaians who now believe that we are capable of picking one of three tickets for the Olympics next year.”
Ghana’s first match will be against Cameroon at the Cairo International Stadium today.
Eguma Not Disappointed Over Rivers United, Heartland Draw
The technical manager of Rivers United football of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma said he was not disappointed as he dropped points at home in the match day two of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL).
He stated that his team prepared adequately knowing that Heartland FC of Owerri is coming to fight for the three points.
Eguma said this in a post match interview with Sports journalists after they played one all draw against Heartland FC at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
According to the number one coach in the State, the problem of his team was the inability to score goals, adding that the problem is not peculiar to his team, but it seems to be a general problem for all the teams in NPFL.
“ We prepared very well because we knew Heartland FC came to fight with their last blood”, Eguma said.
He explained that they were demoralised when they opponents scored early goal.
“No match is easy in the NPFL because every team needs the three points,” he explained.
As it stands pride of the State has two points after playing two matches.
He further commended Heartland FC for running away with a point in Port Harcourt, adding that he is going back to the drawing board to correct the grey areas.
By: Kiadum Edookor.
Obuh Sure To Win At Home
Head coach of Akwa United, John Obuh, has said his team will take maximum points at home when they square up against Abia Warriors in one of the rescheduled NPFL fixtures.
The Promise Keepers started the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season with a 1-1 draw against Warriors Wolves in matchday 1 while, Abia Warriors were 2-0 winners against Katsina United.
Coach Obuh, who will be taking charge of Abia Warriors for the first time in front of their fans, has set his sight on getting the three points in their first game at home.
“We hope to have the best possible start, especially as we will be playing at home. Our fans and supporters deserve good result. Victory on Thursday will set us on the right track to achieving our target”.
“This is a new NPFL season and we cannot afford to depend on past records and statistics. We have a match to play, we have prepared very well for it, and I can assure our fans that we will not underrate our opponents and we will not leave any stone unturned.
“My players are ready to play, they are fully aware of how the three points will help our course this season, we believe that we will get it right on Thursday. All we need is the support of our fans,” Coach Obuh revealed.
The last encounter between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw last season.
While the two teams have met eleven times in the NPFL in which the Promise Keepers recorded two victories, six draws and three defeats.
The match is slated for Thursday at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
Draw Excites FCIU Coach
Following his side’s 1-1 draw against MFM over the weekend in match day 2 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, head coach of FCIU, Uche Okagbue, has revealed that hard work on the part of the players was solely responsible for the team’s display.
Speaking with brila.net, Okagbue also revealed that the main goal for the team is to ensure they keep doing their best as they aim to win the league or at least grab a continental ticket.
“We are in the league for a surprise and we follow matches the way it comes”.
“We are also working towards getting a continental spot “
“The secret so far is hard work, we promise the fans of FCIU that we are going to do our best this season in the league”.
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