Ibrahim Tank and his well-oiled Black Meteors team are expected to complete a double over their West African neighbors in the return leg after the landslide 5-1 win in the first leg staged at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.
The 2-legged tie is one of several U23 AFCON qualifiers going on across the continent as the race for Tokyo en route Egypt takes shape.
A dream hat-trick from Spain based Kwabena Owusu tilted the pendulum in favour of the Ghanaians before goals from Nassam Yakubu brahim and Bukasri Osman added emphasis to the score line to make the return leg a formality.
Seven of the continent’s finest U23 male national teams will join Egypt in next year’s U23 AFCON to decide which three African countries will represent the continent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games.
Togo will need a resounding 4-0 thrashing of Ghana to book a place in the next phase of the qualifier but their disjointed performances in the first leg does not promise any massive turn around in the tie.
The inspirational role played by IK Start enforcer, Isaac Twum, nullified every single threat posed by the Togolese whiles the ambidextrous nature of Kwabena Owusu was manifested in how he racked home those three goals at the Baba Yara Stadium in the first leg.
Having never booked a spot in the AFCON U23 since its inception in 2011, the Black Meteors look set to seal one of the 7 available spots in Egypt.
Ghana have failed to qualify for the Olympic games since Athens in 2004 and could not have asked for a better time to end that global hoodoo.
Statistically, the Black Meteors have lost 4 matches since 2015, winning 6 and drawing 1 match across all competitions. The free scoring U23 team racked home 18 goals in those matches including 5-1 thrashing of Togo and Liberia.
Tuesday’s landslide win at the Baba Yara Stadium was their first win in 4 matches after suffering defeats at the hands of Nigeria and Congo in the All Africa Games sandwiched by a stalemate against Senegal.
On the other hand, Togo recorded just 2 wins in their last 7 matches at the U23 category including 4 straight defeats at the hands of Chile, Australia, Croatia and Egypt. Back to back wins over Nigeria and Kenya was truncated by that heavy demolition at the hands of Ghana.
The game is set to kick off at exactly 15:00GMT later today, Saturday December 22, 2018 in Lome, Togo.