Ghana on standby for U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Ghana have been exempted from participating in the first round of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2023 qualifiers.

In all, 39 African Associations will take part in the qualifiers with seven qualified teams joining host Morocco for the tournament next year.

Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, South Africa and Zambia will be on standby for winners of the 20 least-ranked teams who qualify from the first round.

The 10 teams qualified from the first round will join the 18 teams exempted from the opening round in a knockout phase to produce 14 qualified teams who would move to the next round.

Twenty teams including Libya (UNAF) will be participating in the first round.

Others are Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania (WAFU A), Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo (WAFU B), Democratic Republic of Congo (UNIFFAC), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania (CECAFA) and Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia (COSAFA).

The 14 teams qualified from the second round will play the third round (knock-out from home and away matches) qualifying seven teams to the final tournament in addition to host Morocco.

Draw for the qualifiers will take place on Thursday at 13:00 Cairo time (11:00 GMT).

The final tournament of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations will serve as final qualifier round to the Men Olympic Football tournament. The Black Meteors missed out on the 2020 Olympics in Japan after finishing 4th at the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt – 2019.

Ghana have yet to play at the Olympic Games since 2004 in Greece.

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