Ghana Football Association president Kurt Okraku has praised the Black Galaxies for qualifying for the 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN) ahead of Nigeria’s Super Eagles B.
The home-based Ghanaian national team advanced to the tournament in Algeria by overcoming the Super Eagles B team 5-4 on penalties after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.
Ghana won the first leg 2-0 in Cape Coast last week but Nigeria took it to a shootout after winning the second leg by the same margin in Abuja on Saturday.
“I’m here to thank and congratulate you,” Okraku said yesterday as the victorious team returned to Ghana.
“Before you travelled we had a lengthy conversation and indeed you’ve gone to Abuja to make the nation proud.
“We are proud of your valuable achievement.”
Ghana had not qualified for the tournament since 2014 and Okraku was relieved they finally earned a ticket at the expense of their fierce rivals and 2018 finalists.
“This achievement is valuable because previously we made two or three attempts and we couldn’t make it, but you guys have done it,” he noted.
“I want to thank coach Annor Walker for this achievement. Today he and his assistants have vindicated us for the confidence we had in them.”
This is the second time this year that Ghana would be stopping Nigeria from qualifying for a major tournament after the Black Stars eliminated the Super Eagles from the race to the Qatar 2022 World Cup on the away goals rule in March.