Black Meteors head coach Ibrahim Tanko says tiredness played a role in his team’s performance against Morocco in their second group game at the ongoing U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana suffered annihilation against the host nation on Tuesday night as they conceded five goals after 90 minutes of action, scoring just once.
The 5-1 scoreline did not tell the whole story of the game as the team was far from its best on a night where Morocco was sharp anytime they were on the counterattack.
Speaking after the game, Tanko revealed the time for recovery between the first game and the second was short as his players were tired.
“We had a day rest and they had two [days]. You could see from the game between Congo and Guinea how the scoreline was because Congo also had one day rest,” he said.
“We still have a chance in this tournament, we have a last game so we are going to prepare for that.”
The Black Meteors thought they were just within one reach against Morocco after Abdul Fatawu Issahaku’s strike to make it 3-2.
But the goal was chalked off after VAR spotted the ball had first gone out of play before being brought back in the build-up to the goal.
“The performance of the referee, I can’t say much because we have the VAR, which is supporting them,” Tank added when quizzed about the officiating.
“All the decisions they take are okay so I think they are doing very well.”
Ghana will face Guinea in their last group game knowing that anything short of a win will see them exit the competition while ending any hopes of being at the 2024 Olympic Games.