Black Meteors to get new opponents for the final round of the U-23 AFCON qualifiers following DR Congo’s disqualification

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Ghana U-23 team, the Black Meteors will play either Ethiopia or Algeria in the third and last Round of the qualifiers for the TotalEnergies U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

This comes in after the Disciplinary Committee (DC) of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) disqualified DR Congo from the qualifiers for fielding an unqualified player in their first and second round matches against Ethiopia and Algeria respectively.

DR Congo was supposed to play against Ghana in the 3rd and last round of the qualifiers. However, the DC’s decision means Ethiopia and Algeria will be involved in a home and away play-off to determine which team plays Ghana in the 3rd round.

The first leg of the playoff is scheduled for 8 to 9 March and will be played in Ethiopia, while the second leg is scheduled for 12 to 13 March in Algeria.

The winner of the playoff will face Ghana in the final round of the qualifiers slated for the weekend of March 17 to 19 and March 25-27, with the winner securing a place at the U-23 AFCON to be played in Morocco this year.

The final tournament of the U-23 AFCON which will see 8 teams together with host nation Morocco compete will serve as qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris. 

The Black Meteors missed out on the 2020 Olympics in Japan after finishing 4th at the U-23 AFCON in Egypt. Ghana is yet to play at the Olympic Games since 2004 in Greece.

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