Ghana to face Togo in Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations qualifiers

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The Black Meteors are set to square off against the Sparrow Hawks for a place at the U-23 Afcon

Ghana will face Togo in the first round of qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations which will in turn decide the continent's representatives for the 2020 Olympic Games. 

The Black Meteors are set to face the Sparrow Hawks in a two-legged affair in November for a place in the second round. 

Ghana will host the first leg on a day between 12-16 November, before travelling for the return fixture on a day between 17-20 of the same month.

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The winner will join 14 other teams into the second round, which already has 13 countries, who drew a bye for the first round, awaiting for matches in March next year. 

The 14 teams that make it through the second round would be paired for home and away matches in June 2019, with the seven winners joining hosts Egypt for the final tournament, which runs between November 8-22 in 2019.

The top three from the African championship would pick automatic qualification tickets to represent the continent at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. 

Ghana has not made it to the U-23 Afcon, Africa's new qualifying format for the Olympics, since its inception in 2011.

The Black Meteors' last appearance at the Olympics, though, was in Athens 2004, where they exited after the group stage.


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