With both teams missing out on the ultimate trophy, the Ghana national U23 team will play their counterparts from South Africa in the 3rd and 4th place game of the ongoing Total AFCON U23 tournament.
Having played 120 minutes in the semifinals against Ivory Coast, the Black Meteors lost 4-2 in the resulting penalty shootouts as Egypt defeated South Africa to set up a final against the Young Elephants.
The semifinal results meant the two finalists have already booked their place whereas Ghana and South Africa will battle for the last ticket to represent the continent in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The last time the Black Meteors made an appearance in the Olympics was in 2004 and at the expense of South Africa who they defeated en route the global showpiece.
South Africa head coach, David Notoane remains wary about the Ghanaian side.
“It will be a very difficult match against a good team from Ghana who wants to start again with Olympic qualification, “
“This match will be all the more difficult because there is nothing left behind”.
Meanwhile, Ghana coach Ibrahim Tanko has reiterated during Thursday pre-match conference that his charges know the importance of today’s game.
“The semi-final defeat is history now. We spoke with the players and they know the importance of this match.
“There is one last chance to go to the Olympics and we will do everything not to miss it.”
A win for Ghana means the west African country will make its first appearance in the Olympic Games since 2004.
The match is scheduled for 2 PM at the Cairo International Stadium with Live telecast on GTV and GTV Sports Plus.