The Ghana Football Association’s Executive Council has re-appointed Ibrahim Tanko as the head coach of the Ghana U23 national team, the Black Meteors. The council took the decision on Tuesday, 28th June, 2022.
The Accra Lions Technical Director who handled the Black Meteors during the 2019 TotalEnergies U23 Africa Cup of Nations is expected to lead Ghana for the upcoming All African Games in 2023.
The former Dortmund and Ghana star, Tanko was appointed as the first assistant coach for the Ghana national team to James Kwesi Appiah in 2017. After serving in that role two years, he was promoted to serve as the head coach of the Ghana national U-23, the Black Meteors in November 2018 after Yussif Abubakar died.
He led the team to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations tournament, Egypt 2019, for the first time in 12 years. The team missed out on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after losing on penalty shout out to South Africa. In January 2020, Tanko was appointed as the head coach of the Ghana A’ national football team, the local Black Stars. After 5 months in charge of the team, he was replaced by Annor Walker.
The 13th African Games is expected to be held in three cities in Ghana in the year 2023 on dates yet to be confirmed. This will be the second time in history that the games will be decentralized in a process that started in the previous edition held in Morocco.