More attacking options for Meteors

15 years ago

Cecil Jones Attuquayefio’s team preparations for Sunday’s Olympic qualifier against South Africa has been bolstered with the inclusion of Asamoah Gyan and the arrival of Prince Tagoe.

Ghana plays South Africa in the reverse fixture of the qualifying campaign after a 3-1 away win by the Black Meteors over the Amaglug-glug in August.

That victory kept Ghana in contention and upped their chances of picking the single ticket available in Group A of the men’s Olympic qualifying campaign.

The Udinese striker has joined the Black Meteors squad as they prepare for the game against the Amaglug-glug at the El-Wak stadium

Gyan, was a late addition following the cancelation of the Black Stars’ international friendly fixture with Jamaica.

Prince Tagoe, who scored brace in the first leg game joined the rest of the team on Wednesday.

Jones’ steady build up for the game remains on course with the availability of Isaac Vorsah, Michael Helegbe and Nafiu Iddrissu.

The only members expected are Greek-based midfielder, Bernard Yao Kumordzi and Anthony Annan.

And ahead of the penultimate Olympic qualifying match, the experienced coach would test his team’s sharpness with a trial game against premiership side, Gamba All Blacks today.

He is however not getting carried away after guiding the team to a resounding victory over their guest for Sunday but sees the weekend’s game as a momentous task in keeping the team’s chances of reaching the Beijing Olympics alive.

Ghana appears closer to sealing one of the three slots available for Africa.

The Black Meteors are second on the table with just a point separating Ghana and table toppers, Nigeria on the three-team group dubbed at the “Group of Death”.

Though the group initially had four teams, Ethiopia pulled out citing their millennium celebrations thus leaving the three countries to slug it out for the sole price of qualifying for the 2008 games.

The Black Meteors, who lost their first game away to Nigeria, would now play their remaining two games at home as they welcome South Africa first and then the final match with Nigeria.