President of King Faisal Football Club, Alhaji Karim Grunsah, has commended the head coach of the Black Meteors, Ibrahim Tanko, for defying all odds to qualify the team to the U-23 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

After last weekend’s 1-1 draw in Accra, coach Tanko and his charges were handed a daunting task to go all out for an unlikely win in the return encounter.

Captain Yaw Yeboah scored a beautiful solo goal in the 70th minute to give Ghana a hard fought 2-1 aggregate.

“Considering what happened in Accra last Friday, there was no hope that we would qualify for the November tournament in Egypt, but Tanko has proven that in football, nothing is impossible” Grunsah told Graphic Sports Online

“Algeria is a formidable team in Africa and to beat such a team, which included some of the players who won the 2019 AFCON in Egypt a few months ago in Algeria, is something worthwhile,” he noted.

“It is for this reason that I commend Tanko in particular, the technical team in general and the players for their sterling performance last Tuesday. As a former player of King Faisal, Tanko has really enriched my CV and that of his former team,” he added.

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.