How Ibrahim Tanko’s tactical tweak helped Black Meteors kill off Algeria

Ghana U23 coach Ibrahim Tanko has revealed the tactics he adapted in order to break down Algeria’s unorthodox system.

The 42 year old manager made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 in Accra in search of an improbable victory against the young foxes in Es Setif on Tuesday.

Tanko made big calls, with Habib Mohammed replacing Zakaria Fuseini while Michael Agbekornu replaced the suspended Majeed Ashmeru with Isaac Twum starting ahead of Osman Bukari.

”We made two changes in today’s game because looking at the first leg, we saw that especially in the first half our midfield was poor so we decided to play with two holding midfielders today- [Isaac] Twum and Michael [Abgerkornu].

”Michael did very well in the first half, but unfortunately we had to change him because he had a yellow card and we don’t want to play with one less especially with this game.

”So looking at the score line we had to risk a little bit so we brought in Osman Bukari who’s more offensive and then we drew Yaw Yeboah back to play with Twum so this changes gave us more options up front.” the Former Cameroon assistant coach told GHANAsoccernet.

Despite a cagey opening 45 minutes, Tanko’s ideas was in full flow in the second half when Yaw Yeboah, who missed a penalty in the first leg, scored a beautiful solo goal in the 70th minute to turn the the tie in Ghana’s favor.

”So when you look at the goal Yaw Yeboah scored, it’s also part of the tactical plan change we did because we put Isaac Twum in front of the back four and gave Yaw the free role that he can move everywhere,” he added.

”He took the ball from the midfield and went through the defence to score a very good goal for us.”

The Black Meteors will join hosts Egypt and other qualified countries at the tournament which will be staged between 5-22 November.

The winner of the tournament and two runner ups will automatically advance to represent Africa at the 2020 Olympics Men’s Football Competition.

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