The deputy coach of the Black Meteors, Michael Osei, envisages a difficult game in their qualifying match against Algeria for the U-23 African Cup of Nation (AFCON) on September 4 Ghana.
According to him, their eyes are set on qualifying for the main tournament which is scheduled to be staged in Egypt this December, and so they would approach this game with all the seriousness it deserved.
“We the technical team considers this match against Algeria a very difficult one, probably than the ones we have played so we are not taking preparations lightly.
“We all know the caliber of the Algerians, they are not an easy side so we are putting in great effort so that we can win convincingly in Ghana,” he told the Daily Graphic in an interview via telephone yesterday from the team’s camp in Accra.
The f coach explained that the technical team would still invite foreign based players to complement the squad that is already in camp.
“We will be inviting foreign based players to augment the team, we always start preparations with the local players due to their availability. Then later we invite the players who play abroad to join. Fortunately, there would be a FIFA free day so they would come and play for us,” Coach Osei noted.
The national U-23 side’s game against Algeria would be the last qualifier for the team to progress to the tournament after they successfully defeated Togo on 5-2 on aggregate last December before thumping Gabon on 4-0 aggregate last March.
The Algerians, who are nicknamed the Les Fennec (the Foxes), defeated their Equatorial Guinea counterparts 3-1 on aggregate to book a final qualifier meeting against the Meteors.