Former Black Stars assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko joins Accra Lions

Accra Lions have beefed up their technical team with the appointment of former Black Stars assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko as sporting director.

His employment takes immediate effect for Accra Lions who are experiencing top-flight football for the first time this season.

This will be Tanko’s first engagement with a Ghanaian side having spent time coaching clubs in the German Bundesliga and Japanese J-League.

“ALFC is delighted to announce Ibrahim Tanko as the new Sporting Director of the club. UEFA A-license holder Tanko has agreed a contract and will start work immediately in the new role created to reflect the future ambitions of the club.,” Accra Lions said.

Tanko’s rich coaching experience also includes working as an assistant coach at Freiburg and FC Koln.

He also had a spell in the Japanese J1 League where he deputized for Volker Finke at Urawa Red Diamonds.

In 2017, Tanko was named assistant Black Stars coach to Kwesi Appiah where he spent two years.

He was later appointed Ghana U23 coach and qualified the team for the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt, for the first time in 12 years.

But the Black Meteors missed out on qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tanko’s last job was when he was handed the home-based Black Stars job but was replaced after five months by Annor Walker.


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