Black Meteors midfielder Michael Agbekpornu is excited to be a part of the team that defied odds to defeat Algeria 1-0 in Setif and book a place at the upcoming Under 23 AFCON in Egypt.
Ghana went through on a 2-1 aggregate to join hosts Egypt, Zambia, Nigeria, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Mali for the tournament in November, which serves also as the first stage of the African qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The holding midfielder, who features for Ghana Premier League side Dreams FC, played an influential role in the Meteors team as he operated in front of the back four to hold the Algerian attack in check.
Agbekpornu said he decided to seize the opportunity and give of his best for his side in a bid to overturn the away goal advantage the Algerians had after holding Ghana to a 1-1 draw in the first leg match in Accra.
"It was tough and it been my debut in the qualifiers, I think I did my best because it was a decider and a must-win game for us. Personally, my performance was good and my teammates and my colleagues applauded me," Agbekpornu told Graphic Sports Online.
The Black Meteors upset Algeria to qualify for the U-23 AFCON
"I strongly believed we would qualify despite drawing the first leg at home because we have so much quality in terms of talent and player for player we are better than them."
Agbekpornu revealed that the team had a strong self-belief and did not lose hope even after a barren first half game. However, in the 68th minute
Ghana captain Yaw Yeboah dribbled his pay past his Algerian markers to slot the ball home for the match winner.
"The game was crazy, we were on top but the goal was not coming so at halftime I kept telling myself that we can't lose or draw this game we must win at all cost, and lo and behold our captain, Yaw Yeboah, did the magic."