U-20 AfconQ: Abou Coulibaly leads Ivorian refs for Algeria-Ghana clash

Ivorian referee Abou Coulibaly is the man to take charge of Ghana’s 2019 Under-20 Afcon qualifier away to Algeria on Friday.

The first leg of the penultimate qualifying round tie is scheduled for Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algiers with kickoff at 1700 GMT.

Coulibaly, 33, is to be assisted by compatriots Bi Valere Gouho and Adou Herman Desiré N’goh.

The last time referee Abou Coulibaly handled a Ghana game was when the Black Meteors defeated Congo 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium in the qualifiers to Rio 2016 Olympics Games three years ago.

Konda taking things personal

Ghana who missed out on the last edition of the Under-20 Afcon in Zambia arrived in Algiers on Wednesday and had two days to acclimatize in the North African country.

For team captain Issahaku Konda, the task at hand is more of a personal challenge as he was part of the Satellites squad which failed in the last qualifiers.

“This for me is very personal because I was part of the squad that failed to qualify in 2016. We were all very disheartened because we needed just one goal to sail through but unfortunately we couldn’t make it.

“Destiny has handed me another chance and also in the role to lead the team as captain. I pray we return to the u-20 AFCON under my captaincy,” says the centre-back.



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