Enoch Andoh’s call-up to the Ghana U23 side could have far-reaching repercussions which may see him become the first Port Vale Olympian.
Andoh’s Ghana U23 side have reached the second-round of qualifying for the CAF U-23 Championship competition after a 7-1 aggregate win over Liberia.
If Ghana U23 reach the finals and finish in the top three then they qualify for a place in the 2016 summer Olympics football competition…
The next step for Enoch is the two-legged second round clash between Ghana and Congo which takes place later this month.
Should Ghana progress then they need to win a third round tie against the Nigerian U23 side to reach the finals, which will be held in Senegal in December.
While this could result in Andoh missing a chunk of Vale’s season (see the schedule below) qualification for the finals in Senegal does have a huge prize attached.
If Ghana U23 reach the finals and finish in the top three then they qualify for a place in the 2016 summer Olympics football competition in Brazil.
There’s clearly a long way to go but we’re sure that all Vale fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that Andoh’s side manage to achieve a coveted spot at Rio and that in the process he becomes the club’s first-ever Olympian.
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Enoch’s possible road to Rio
First Round (26 April and 2 May) Ghana won 7-1 on aggregate
Second Round (22-24 May and 29-31 May) Ghana vs Congo
Third Round (17-19 July and 31 July-2 Aug) Nigeria vs Ghana/Congo
CAF U23 Finals (5 December to 19 December) Top three qualify
Rio Olympics Football Competition (3-20 August 2016)