Meteors eye double over Junior Hawks

Ibrahim Tanko

Ibrahim Tanko

Black Meteors coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has attributed Tuesday’s success over the Junior Hawks of Togo changes effected in the second half of their qualifier at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The U-23 national team humbled the Junior Hawks of Togo with a 5-1 win in the first leg of the U-23 AFCON qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The Meteors struck the opener in the 18th minute through Owusu Kwabena.

Senegalese referee Issa Sy awarded Ghana a spot kick in the 25th minute when Joel Fameyeh was brought down but wasted the chance to double the lead.

The Togolese got the equaliser in the 32nd minute through Ahoro Jarry to end the half on a stalemate.

On resumption, the Ghanaians were a delight to watch as Owusu Kwabena and Fameyeh tormented the Togolese.

Owusu Kwabena added two more goals to earn a hat-trick in the 68th and 71st minutes.

Ousman Bukari and Fameyeh also scored in the 59th and 87th minutes to win 5-1 ahead of the December 22 second leg in Togo.

But with the scores pegged at one all at half time, it had a chilling effect on the team and knew they had the next 45 minutes to define their fate as far as qualification was concerned.

In a post match chat, Tanko commended the substitutes he brought on and the team’s ability to adapt to the technical change.

He said it was a delight watching the boys takes full control of the game while the Togolese chased their shadows.

“My boys responded well and that helped. We could have recorded a cricket score if they have been more potent upfront,” Ibrahim Tanko said.

The 5-1 drubbing notwithstanding, Tanko said the Meteors will approach the second leg as if there was no cushioning, adding that, ‘our target is to record a double over the Togolese.’

“What we have to do now is go there and get a result that will see us through to the next stage of the qualifiers.”

The winner that emerges from the two-legged encounter will come face to face with Gabon in the penultimate round of qualifiers for Egypt 2019.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI 

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