Former Accra Hearts of Oak SC talisman Daniel Afriyie Barnieh has been handed a late call-up to the Black Meteors squad for the Algeria clash.
Ibrahim Tanko has upgraded his squad with some foreign players which includes the former former Black Galaxies deputy captain for the tough game against the north African side.
The 21-year-old Barnieh, who joined FC Zürich in the just-closed winter transfer window from Hearts of Oak and made his debut against FC Lugano over the weekend, is the latest addition to the team, which includes Abdul Fatawu Issahaku of Sporting CP, Ernest Nuamah of FC Nordsjaelland, Emmanuel Yeboah of CFR Cluj, and Ibrabim Zubairu of Serbian side FK Jedinstvo Ub.
Barnieh scored in both legs against the Junior Mambas of Mozambique in the second round of qualifiers to help the team reach this stage. The first leg of the final qualification round will take place on March 24 in Annaba, with the return leg scheduled for Kumasi four days later.
The next edition of the TotalEnergies U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Olympics Games, will be held in Morocco in June this year. The tournament will determine the African countries that will participate in the Olympic football tournament, with the top three teams qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympic men’s football tournament in Paris; the fourth-place team will compete in the AFC-CAF playoffs to determine the final spot in the Olympics.