Despite securing a ticket to represent Ghana at the U23 AFCON Tournament to be staged in Egypt in November, Coach Ibrahim Tanko has apologised to Ghanaians for the poor output against Algeria in the first leg.

The Black Meteors shared the spoils with Algeria on Friday at the Accra Sports Stadium in a game that made many Ghanaians unhappy.

But Tanko and his boys defied the odds to beat Algeria in Setif by a lone goal to pick a ticket to join seven other countries for the tournament.

Following the win over Algeria on Tuesday night, Tanko has apologised for the poor game played in the first leg in Ghana.

“I apologise for the poor performance on Friday because we left many Ghanaians disappointed.

“There were so many challenges ahead of the game and more importantly, the pitch was very bad.

“But we thank God we’ve been able to qualify despite all the difficulties,” Tanko told in a telephone interview.

Tanko however admitted that the first game gave him an idea of how to play Algeria in the second leg.

“Despite not winning in the first leg, it was an important game because it gave us an idea of how the Algerians were and how to deal with them,” he added.

Ghana join Nigeria, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, South Africa, Zambia and host nation Egypt.