Ghana’s Black Meteors will play Algeria in the third and final qualifying round of the 2023 TotalEnergies U-23 Africa Cup of Nations later this month following the notification of non-participation by Ethiopia.
Ethiopia were scheduled to play Algeria in the second round of the U-23 AFCON qualifiers, after the Democratic Republic of Congo were disqualified by CAF for fielding an unqualified player in the 2nd and 3rd round of the qualifiers against Ethiopia and Algeria respectively.
The decision means Algeria is considered winner and automatically qualified to the final round to play against Ghana.
The first leg between the two countries will be played in Annaba on Friday, March 24 and the second league on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at the Baba Yara Sports stadium in Kumasi.
The winner of the two-legged affair will qualify for the the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be played in Morocco in June 2023.
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.
Ghana missed out on the 2020 Olympics in Japan after finishing 4th at the U-23 AFCON in Egypt – 2019. The Black Meteors are yet to play at the Olympic Games since 2004 in Greece.