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Ibrahim Tanko

Ibrahim Anyars Tanko, born on 25 July 1977, is a retired Ghanaian footballer primarily known for his roles as a second striker or attacking midfielder. He has also served as a scout and manager, with his most recent position being the head coach of the Ghana A' national football team, also known as the local Black Stars.

Early Club Career with Borussia Dortmund

At the age of 17, Tanko inked a deal with Borussia Dortmund, transitioning from King Faisal Babes F.C. He made history as the third youngest player to make a professional appearance for the club. His Bundesliga debut occurred in 1994 during a triumphant 5-0 victory against VfB Stuttgart.

UEFA Champions League Victory with Borussia Dortmund

Participated in three matches during Borussia's UEFA Champions League triumph in the 1996–97 season.

Move to SC Freiburg

Tanko became a part of SC Freiburg in January 2001, showcasing his impact with a goal in his fourth game. Unfortunately, he encountered obstacles in the subsequent season, grappling with a severe knee injury.

International Career with Ghana

Secured nine caps while playing for the Ghana national football team, with his final appearance taking place on October 10, 2004, during a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Transition to Coaching

Commenced coaching as an assistant coach for Freiburg's reserves in 2007, subsequently transitioning to the J1 League's Urawa Red Diamonds. Later, in 2013, became a part of Cameroon's coaching staff. 

Role in Ghana Football

Assumed the role of head scout for the Ghana national team in January 2012.
Guided the Ghana U-23 (Black Meteors) to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in 2019.
Took on the position of head coach for the Ghana A' national football team in January 2020.

Recent Coaching Appointments

Appointed as the Head coach of the Black Meteors on June 28, 2022, by the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association.