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Ghana national football team

The Ghana national football team represents Ghana in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. The team is nicknamed the Black Stars after the Black Star of Africa in the Flag of Ghana. It is administered by the Ghana Football Association, the governing body for football in Ghana and the oldest football association in Africa (founded in 1920). Prior to 1957, the team played as the Gold Coast.

Ghana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Black Stars
Association Ghana Football Association (GFA)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach James Kwesi Appiah
Captain Asamoah Gyan
Most caps Asamoah Gyan (106)
Top scorer Asamoah Gyan (51)
FIFA code GHA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 52 Steady (16 October 2017)
Highest 14 (February 2008, April–May 2008)
Lowest 89 (June 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 54 (15 November 2017)
Highest 13 (30 June 1966)
Lowest 97 (14 June 2004)
First international
 Gold Coast and United Kingdom British Togoland 1–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, British Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
Biggest win
Unofficial:
 Nyasaland 0–12 Ghana 
(Nyasaland; 12 October 1962)[1]
Official:
 Kenya 2–13 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)[1][2]
Biggest defeat
 Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana 
(Leon, Mexico; 14 October 1968)[3]
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2006)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 21 (first in 1963)
Best result Champions, 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982
African Nations Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2009)
Best result Second place, 2009, 2014

Although the team qualified for the senior FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2006, they had qualified for four Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition; their best achievement was the third position at the 1992 Summer Olympics. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times[4] (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runner-up 5 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010, and 2015). After going through 2005 unbeaten, the Ghana national football team won the FIFA Best Mover of the Year Award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became only the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, and in 2014 they competed in their third consecutive World Cup.

Contents

HistoryEdit

20th centuryEdit

 
Black Stars members in the 1960s pose with some of Ghana's successive international football trophies won.

The Gold Coast Football Association was founded in 1920, succeeded by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in 1957, which affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year.

On 19 August 1962 at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Stars played Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were at the time Spanish champions, former European champions and intercontinental champions, and drew 3–3.[5]

Charles Kumi Gyamfi became coach in 1961, and the Black Stars won successive African Cup of Nations titles, in 1963 and 1965, and achieved their record win, 13–2 away to Kenya, shortly after the second of these. They also reached the final of the tournament in 1968 and 1970, losing 1–0 on each occasion, to DR Congo and Sudan respectively. Their domination of this tournament earned the Black Stars team the nicknames of "the Black Stars of West Africa" and "the Black Stars of Africa" in the 1960s.[6] The team had no success in FIFA World Cup qualification during this era, and failed to qualify for three successive African Cup of Nations in the 1970s, but qualified for the Olympic Games football tournaments, becoming the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to qualify for the Games,[7] and reaching the quarter-finals in 1964 and withdrawing on political grounds in 1976 later winning the 1982 African cup of nations. After three failures to reach the tournament final, the 1992 African Cup of Nations saw the Black Stars finish second.

21st centuryEdit

 
Black Stars Continuum

Prior to the year 2000, disharmony among the squad which eventually led to parliamentary and executive intervention to settle issues between two squad members, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah in the late 1990s, may have played some part in the failure of the team to build on the successes of the national underage teams in the late 1990s, but a new generation of Black Stars players who went to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship final became the core of the team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, and were undefeated for a year in 2005 and reached the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team had reached the global stage of the tournament. The Black Stars started by succumbing to a 2–0 defeat to eventual champions Italy, but wins over the Czech Republic (2–0) and the United States (2–1) saw them through to the second round, where they lost 3–0 to Brazil.[8]

 
Black Stars squad line-up prior to match

In 2008, Ghana reached a high ranking of 14 according to the FIFA World Rankings. The Black Stars went on to secure a 100 percent record in their qualification campaign, winning the group and becoming the first African team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the final tournament, the team competed in Group D with Germany, Serbia and Australia. Ghana reached the round of 16 where they played the United States, winning 2–1 in extra time to become the third African nation to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The team then lost to Uruguay in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having missed a penalty kick in extra time after a certain goal was prevented by Luis Suárez's deliberate handball, who was then shown a red card for his actions.[9]

In 2013 Ghana became the only team in Africa to reach four consecutive semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations twice, from 1963 and 1970 and from 2008 and 2013.[10]

Ghana was sufficiently highly ranked by FIFA to start their qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in the Second round. They won the group, and in the following round qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in November 2013, beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.[11][11] Ghana was drawn in Group G for the finals, where they faced Germany, Portugal, and the United States.[12] The World cup finals ended up in disappointment as Ghana exited in the group stages with issues of poor planning and payment bonuses being blamed for the poor performance, although they did manage a 2–2 draw with Germany, who ended up winning the competition.

Team imageEdit

Grounds and training groundsEdit

Lizzy Sports Complex

There is no home stadium for the Black Stars. World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches have been played at the Essipong Stadium and Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi, the Len Clay Stadium, Kumasi Sports Stadium and Abrankese Stadium in Kumasi, the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, the Accra Sports Stadium in the Accra and the Tamale Stadium in Tamale. Some smaller, regional stadia (stadiums) were also used in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and 2004 African Cup of Nations qualification qualifying campaigns.

The Black Stars' training facilities and training grounds are located at Agyeman Badu Stadium, Berekum Sports Stadium in Brong-Ahafo, the Tema Sports Stadium in Tema and the multi-functional Lizzy Sports Complex in Legon.[13]

Media coverageEdit

83 percent of the Ghanaian people are Akan-speakers, and about 21 percent are English-speakers; match schedules of the Black Stars are broadcast both in English as in the case of inter-continental matches and in Akan nationally by Viasat 1. During the scheduled qualification for the 2014 World Cup national broadcaster GTV, a sub-division of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), broadcast to the Ghanaian public home qualifiers with away qualifiers broadcast by the satellite television broadcasting corporation Viasat 1. The friendly match against Turkey in August 2013 was televised by Viasat 1 and the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 Inter-Continental Championships are scheduled for public broadcast by the corporations GFA TV, GBC and Viasat 1.[14]

Kit and team crestEdit

 
Ghana home shirt: 1970s–1980s
Black Stars 2008 Africa Cup of Nations 1st and 2nd kits
Manufacturer Period
  Adidas 1957–2000
  Kappa 2000–2005
  Puma 2005–

The black star is present on the Flag of Ghana and national coat of arms in the centre of the national crest. Adopted following the independence of Ghana in 1957, the black star has always been included in its kits.[6] The Black Stars' kits were sponsored by Puma SE from 2005, with the deal ending in 2014.[15]

The Black Star kit is used instead of the original gold, green, and red coloured football kit based on the colours of the Ghana national flag. The Black Stars have used an all-white and partly black football kit which was worn from the years 1957 to 1989 and again from 2006 until December 2014.

Between 1990 and 2006 the Ghana national football team used the kit in the colours of the national flag of Ghana, with gold, green and red used extensively, as in the team's crest and also known as the Pan-African colours. The gold with green and red kit concept and design was also used in the sixties and seventies, and designed with gold and green vertical stripes and red shoulders. An all black second kit was introduced in 2008 and in 2015, Black Stars' gold-red-green coloured kit and all black coloured kit is to be reassigned to the position of 1st and 2nd kits following the induction of a brown with blue and gold coloured Black Stars 3rd kit in 2012.[16][17]

The Ghana national football team's football kit for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was ranked as the best kit of the tournament by BuzzFeed.[18]

The current kit man for the Ghanaian Football Association is Andrew Strong.

Organization and financeEdit

The Black Stars are headed by president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi,[19] and vice-president George Afriyie,[20] with Frank Davis as director of football, and Edward Bawa as treasurer.[21] The Ghana Football Association (GFA) signed a CN¥92.2 million ($15 million) deal with Ghanaian state-run oil and gas exploration corporation, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), to sponsor the Black Stars and the renewable contract saw the oil and gas exploration corporation become the global headline sponsor of the Black Stars, with a yearly Black Stars player salary wage bill,[22][23] following the gold mining corporations Ashanti Goldfields Corporation and Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), which had been sponsoring the Black Stars since 2005.[24]

On 28 August 2013, Ghana Football Association (GFA) launched a TV channel and named GFA TV, thus becoming the first football association on the African continent to launch its own TV network. The channel has the exclusive rights to broadcast all the Black Stars' matches.[25] In November 2013, the Black Stars signed a 2013–2015 CN¥30.6 million (US$5 million) and an additional classified multi-million private bank sponsorship deal with the Ghanaian state-run private banking institution UniBank.[26]

SupportersEdit

The Black Stars maintain an average stadium match attendance of 60,000+ and a match attendance high of 80,000+, such as in the case of the Black Stars' 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay in which was attended by 84,017 spectators.[27] Ghana's match against England on 29 March 2011 had the largest away following for any association football national team since the re-opening of Wembley Stadium in 2007.[28] The match was watched by 700 million people around the world.[28]

Following the team's appearances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments they were greeted by several hundred avid fans dancing and singing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.[29]

RivalriesEdit

The Black Stars' main footballing rivalry is with the Super Eagles, the national team of Nigeria. The "Battle of Supremacy on the Gulf of Guinea" is between two of the most successful teams on the African continent.[30] The proximity of the two countries to each other, a dispute between the different association football competitions and wider diplomatic competition for influence across West Africa add to this rivalry.[30]

In books and popular cultureEdit

Products including books, documentary films, Azonto dances and songs have been made in the name of the Ghana national football team. These may be intended with commercial motives but are focused on previous and future World Cups or Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

  • Books: Several books have been published on the team's history and participation in major tournaments. These include Ghana, The Rediscovered Soccer Might: Watch Out World!,[31] about the history and performance of the Black Stars and also all the major association football national teams that the Black Stars have ever played against, and The Black Stars of Ghana by Alan Whelan;[32] about Black Stars commencing their progress through the final rounds of the 2010 World Cup and into the quarter-finals.
 
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Head Coach   James Kwesi Appiah
Assistant Coach   Maxwell Konadu
Assistant Coach   Ibrahim Tanko
Goalkeeper Coach   Richard Kingson
Goalkeeper Coach   Simon Addo
Technical Coordinator   Stephen Appiah
Technical Coordinator   Francis Oti Akenteng
Head Scout   Otto Addo
Head Masseur   Samuel Ankomah
Physiotherapists   Colonel Ofosu Anim
  Ralph Frank
Head Psychologist   Professor Joseph Mintah
Head Doctor   Prof. Dr.Chris Adomako
Video Analyst   Michael Okyere
Business Manager   Anthony Baffoe
Equipment Manager   Ismail Amidu
Dentist   David Yaw Edu Arthur

Last updated: October 2014
Source: Ghana Football Association official website

Former Head coachesEdit

Since 1957 Ghana has had thirty-two different head coaches and three caretakers. C.K. Gyamfi is the most successful of these, leading the Black Stars to three Africa Cup of Nations titles – in 1963, 1965 and 1982 – making Gyamfi the joint most successful coach in the competition's history.[39] Fred Osam Duodu led the Black Stars to their 1978 Africa Cup of Nations title;[40] Ratomir Dujković, Milovan Rajevac, and James Kwesi Appiah, have all led the Black Stars to World Cup qualification.[41][42]


PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Egypt on 12 November 2017.[43] Shirts numbers to be updated.
Caps and goals as of 12 November 2017 after the match against Egypt.[44]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Richard Ofori (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 24) 11 0   Maritzburg United
12 1GK Lawrence Ati-Zigi (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0   Sochaux
16 1GK Joseph Addo (1990-11-02) 2 November 1990 (age 27) 0 0   Aduana Stars

2 2DF Joseph Attamah (1994-05-22) 22 May 1994 (age 23) 2 0   İstanbul Başakşehir
4 2DF Daniel Opare (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 27) 17 0   FC Augsburg
5 2DF Abass Mohamed (1994-07-15) 15 July 1994 (age 23) 0 0   Harrisburg City Islanders
15 2DF Kasim Nuhu (1995-06-22) 22 June 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Young Boys
17 2DF Lumor Agbenyenu (1996-08-15) 15 August 1996 (age 21) 6 0   Portimonense
18 2DF Daniel Amartey (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 22) 24 0   Leicester City
19 2DF Nicholas Opoku (1996-11-19) 19 November 1996 (age 21) 2 0   Club Africain
23 2DF Harrison Afful (1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 (age 31) 76 0   Columbus Crew SC

11 3MF Wakaso Mubarak (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 27) 51 12   Alavés
3MF Christian Atsu (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 25) 57 10   Newcastle United
8 3MF Ebenezer Ofori (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 22) 7 1   VfB Stuttgart
20 3MF Edwin Gyasi (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 26) 2 1   Alesund
6 3MF Godfred Donsah (1996-06-07) 7 June 1996 (age 21) 1 0   Bologna
10 3MF Nasiru Mohammed (1994-06-06) 6 June 1994 (age 23) 0 0   Hacken
13 3MF Nana Ampomah (1996-01-02) 2 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0   Waasland-Beveren

4FW Asamoah Gyan (Captain) (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 32) 106 51   Kayserispor
7 4FW Raphael Dwamena (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 22) 5 2   Zürich
14 4FW Richmond Boakye (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 24) 13 5   Red Star Belgrade
22 4FW Patrick Twumasi (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 23) 3 0   Astana
9 4FW Abdul Majeed Waris (1991-09-19) 19 September 1991 (age 26) 23 4   Lorient

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Ghana in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Brimah Razak (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 30) 28 0   Mamelodi Sundowns 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Fatau Dauda (1986-04-06) 6 April 1986 (age 31) 25 0   Ashanti Gold 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

DF Vincent Atinga (1993-10-30) 30 October 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Hearts of Oak v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
DF John Boye (1987-04-23) 23 April 1987 (age 30) 62 5   Sivasspor v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
DF Jonathan Mensah (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 27) 60 1   Columbus Crew SC v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
DF Jeffrey Schlupp (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 24) 17 1   Crystal Palace v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
DF Mohamed Awal (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 29) 6 1   Asante Kotoko v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
DF Baba Rahman (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 23) 26 0   Chelsea 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Edwin Gyimah (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 26) 10 0   Helsingborgs IF 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Andy Yiadom (1991-12-02) 2 December 1991 (age 25) 2 0   Barnsley 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Thomas Partey (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 24) 14 4   Atlético Madrid v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
MF Alfred Duncan (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 24) 11 1   Sassuolo v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
MF Kingsley Sarfo (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Malmö FF v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
MF André Ayew (Vice-captain) (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 27) 79 14   West Ham United v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
MF Thomas Agyepong (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 21) 5 0   NAC Breda v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
MF Kwadwo Poku (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 25) 3 0   Miami FC v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
MF Isaac Sackey (1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 23) 2 0   Alanyaspor v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
MF Gideon Waja (1996-12-15) 15 December 1996 (age 20) 1 0   WAFA v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
MF Mohammed Fatau (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 25) 1 0   Gaziantepspor v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
MF Majeed Ashimeru (1997-10-10) 10 October 1997 (age 20) 1 0   West African Football Academy v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
MF Patrick Razak (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 27) 1 0   All Stars v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
MF Joseph Paintsil (1998-02-01) 1 February 1998 (age 19) 1 0   Ferencváros v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
MF Emmanuel Lomotey (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 19) 1 0   Dreams v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
MF Zakaria Mumuni (1996-12-11) 11 December 1996 (age 20) 2 0   Aduana Stars v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 26) 78 11   Bursaspor 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Samuel Tetteh (1996-07-28) 28 July 1996 (age 21) 10 1   Red Bull Salzburg 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Frank Acheampong (1993-10-13) 13 October 1993 (age 24) 13 2   Tianjin TEDA v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
FW Isaac Twum (1998-02-14) 14 February 1998 (age 19) 3 0   International Allies v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
FW John Antwi (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 25) 0 0   MLMSC v.   Uganda, 7 October 2017
FW Jordan Ayew (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 26) 50 12   Swansea City v.   Congo, 5 September 2017
FW Derrick Sasraku (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 23) 1 0   Aduana Stars v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
FW Stephen Sarfo 1 0   Berekum Chelsea v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
FW Joseph Esso (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 20) 1 0   Ebusua Dwarfs v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
FW Thomas Arrey 1 0 v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
FW Emmanuel Gyamfi (1994-12-16) 16 December 1994 (age 22) 1 0   Asante Kotoko v.   Benin, 25 May 2017
FW Bernard Tekpetey (1997-09-03) 3 September 1997 (age 20) 2 0   SCR Altach 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Ebenezer Assifuah (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 24) 1 0   Le Havre 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
Notes
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Withdrew because of injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

Youth teamsEdit

The football association of Ghana (GFA) administers several national teams at different age levels between 16 and 23 years of age.

Under-23Edit

The under-23 level (or Olympic team) from the 1992 Summer Olympics competes in Olympic football tournaments, Football at the All-Africa Games, CAF U-23 Championship and is restricted to using players aged 23 years and under.[45] The football at the Olympic Games is thus considered as an under-23 World Cup and since the Olympic Games of 1992; the under-23 level has participated in 5 Olympic Games, becoming the first African team to win an Olympic medal when they won bronze in 1992.[45]

Under-20Edit

The under-20 level is considered as the feeder level to the Black Stars senior squad and has competed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup since its inception in the 1970s. The under-20 level captured the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009 after defeating Brazil 4–3 on penalties after the match finished 0–0 in extra time, and becoming the first on the Africa continent to do so. The under-20 level has been champions of the African Youth Championship three times: in 1995, 1999 and 2009, as well as twice runners-up in 2001 and 2013.

Under-17Edit

The under-17 level is the youngest level and players chosen may not be more than 17 years of age. The team represents Ghana in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The under-17 team have twice been FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, in 1991 and 1995. Additionally they finished as runners up on two occasions, 1993 and 1997. The under-17 level has participated in eight of the 15 tournaments of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, debuting in Scotland 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship and dominating the FIFA U-17 World Cup competition in the 1990s, where they reached four consecutive finals.[46] They also twice won the African U-17 Championship.

Competitive recordEdit

 
Black Stars at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Ghana has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times – in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 – bettered by Cameroon and Egypt. As the first winner of three Nations Cup tournaments, Ghana obtained the right to permanently hold the trophy in 1978.[47] The Black Stars have qualified for the tournament 20 times in total, finishing as runners-up five times, third once, and fourth three times. Thus, Ghana has the most final game appearances at the tournament with nine, essentially making the final in half of its appearances in the tournament. Ghana also holds the record of most consecutive semi-final appearances with five straight between 2008 and 2015.

Africa Cup of Nations Record
Africa Cup of Nations Record GP W D L GF GA GD
Africa Cup of Nations Finals 92 52 17 20 123 71 +48
Africa Cup of Nations
Titles: 4
Appearances: 21
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
  1957 Did not enter   1978 Champions   1998 Round 1   2017 Fourth place
  1959 Did not enter   1980 Round 1    2000 Quarter-finals   2019 TBD
  1962 Did not qualify   1982 Champions   2002 Quarter-finals   2021 TBD
  1963 Champions   1984 Round 1   2004 Did not qualify   2023 TBD
  1965 Champions   1986 Did not qualify   2006 Round 1
  1968 Second place   1988 Did not qualify   2008 Third place
  1970 Second place   1990 Did not qualify   2010 Second place
  1972 Did not qualify   1992 Second place*    2012 Fourth place
  1974 Did not qualify   1994 Quarter-finals   2013 Fourth place
  1976 Did not qualify   1996 Fourth place   2015 Second place*
*Denotes place was determined by penalty kicks.
** Gold background colour indicates that the team won the tournament.
***Red border color indicates the team was a host nation.

African Nations Championship recordEdit

Ghana has competed in three African Nations Championship tournaments, twice finishing as runners-up.

Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA Squad
  Ivory Coast 2009 Runner-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 8 6 Team
  Sudan 2011 Round 1 14th 3 0 0 3 1 4 Team
  South Africa 2014 Runner-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 4 1 Team
  Rwanda 2016 Did not qualify
Total 3/3 4th 14 4 6 4 13 11 3

West African Nations Cup and WAFU Nations Cup recordEdit

Olympic recordEdit

 
Bernard Aryee former Black Stars Central Midfielder and part of the Bronze Medalist squad at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic football tournament.
Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA
  Athens 1896 No association football competition
  Paris 1900 At the 1900 and 1904 Olympics, clubs competed.
  St. Louis 1904
  London 1908 The Gold Coast team did not participate
  Stockholm 1912
  Antwerp 1920
  Paris 1924
  Amsterdam 1928
  Los Angeles 1932 No association football competition
  Berlin 1936 The Gold Coast team did not participate
  London 1948
  Helsinki 1952 Did not participate [a]
  Melbourne 1956
  Rome 1960 Did not qualify
  Tokyo 1964 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 1 2 7 12
  Mexico 1968 Round 1 12th 3 0 2 1 6 8
  Munich 1972 Round 1 16th 3 0 0 3 1 11
  Montreal 1976 Round 1 (Did not participate)
  Moscow 1980 Did not qualify
  Los Angeles 1984
  Seoul 1988
  Barcelona 1992 Since 1992 olympic football is competed by U-23 [n]
Total 3/19 24th 10 1 3 6 14 31
a. Note: The Gold Coast national football team established in 1950; country known as Gold Coast then renamed Ghana in 1957, not competing in international competitions and not being part of neither FIFA nor CAF until 1958, and therefore also recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
n. Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

World Cup recordEdit

The Black Stars have qualified for three FIFA World Cup tournaments; 2006, 2010, and 2014. In 2006, Ghana was the only African side to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup in Germany and was the sixth nation in a row from Africa to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup.[48] The Black Stars had the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 years and 352 days,[48] and were praised for their improving performance.[49][50] FIFA ranked Ghana 13th out of the 32 countries who competed in the tournament.[51]

In the 2010 World Cup, Ghana progressed beyond the group stages of the World Cup in South-Africa, and reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Uruguay. The Black Stars were defeated on penalty shootout after Luis Suárez hand-balled on the goal line deep into extra time, preventing a certain winning goal.[52] Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA ranked Ghana 7th.[53]

After beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in November 2013, Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[54] They were drawn in Group G with Germany, USA and Portugal.[55] For the first time Ghana fell in the group stage, tying Germany 2–2 and losing to both the United States and Portugal by 2–1.[56]

 
Black Stars at the World Cup and Black Stars vs. Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 2 July 2010
FIFA World Cup Record
FIFA World Cup Record GP W D L GF GA GD
World Cup Finals 9 4 2 3 9 10 −1
World Cup Quals (H) 34 24 8 2 78 19 +59
World Cup Quals (A) 33 9 8 16 37 42 −5
World Cup Total 76 37 18 21 124 71 +53
FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1958 Did not enter
  1962 Did not qualify
  1966 Withdrew
1970 to 1978 Did not qualify
  1982 Withdrew
1986 to 2002 Did not qualify
  2006 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6
  2010 Quarter-final 7th 5 2 2 1 5 4
  2014 Group stage 25th 3 0 1 2 4 6
  2018 Did not qualify
Total Quarter-Final 3/21 12 4 3 5 13 16

Team honoursEdit

Last updated 8 February 2015

Continental tournamentsEdit

Winners (4):   1963,   1965,   1978,   1982
Runners-up (5):   1968,   1970,   1992,   2010,   2015
Runners-up (2):   2009,   2014

Continental SubregionEdit

Winners (4): 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959
Runners-up (4): 1951, 1954, 1956, 1958
Winners (3): 1959, 1960, 1963
Winners (5): 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
Winners (5): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987
Third place (1): 1991
Winner (1): 2013
Third place (1): 2010

Other Tournaments and CupsEdit

  • Uganda Independence Tournament 1962[60]
Winner: 1962
  • Independence Cup 1964 (Zambia)[61]
Winner: 1964
Runners up: 1982
  • Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament 1983[63]
Winner: 1983
  • Burkina Faso Tournoi Amical[64]
Winner: 1984
  • Samuel K. Doe Cup 1986[65]
Runners up: 1986
  • Black Stars Tournament 1993 (Libreville, Gabon)[66]
Third: 1993
  • Egypt Tournament 1994[67]
Winner: 1994
  • Great Artificial River Championship 1999 (Libya)[68]
Runners up: 1999
Third: 2003
  • Four Nation Tournament[70]
Winner: 2007
  • Liberian Independence Anniversary Tournament 2010[71]
Winner: 2010

Other AwardsEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

Key
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

2017Edit

2018Edit

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

 
Asamoah Gyan is the top scorer with 51, and the most capped with 106
As of 5 September 2017
Players in bold are still active.
Most Capped Players
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Asamoah Gyan 2003–present 106 51
2 Richard Kingson 1996–2011 92 1
3 John Paintsil 2001–2013 90 0
4 Sulley Muntari 2002–2014 85 20
5 John Mensah 2001–2012 83 3
6 André Ayew 2007–present 79 14
7 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 2008–present 78 11
8 Harrison Afful 2008–present 75 0
9 Kwadwo Asamoah 2009–present 69 4
10 Abedi Pele 1982–1998 67 19

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Titles chronologyEdit

Last updated 28 November 2013

Achievements
Preceded by
1962 Ethiopia  
African Champions
1963 (First title)
1965 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1968 DR Congo  
Preceded by
1976 Morocco  
African Champions
1978 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1980 Nigeria  
Preceded by
1980 Nigeria  
African Champions
1982 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
1984 Cameroon  
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
West African Champions
1982 (First title)
1983 (Second title)
1984 (Third title)
1986 (Fourth title)
1987 (Fifth title)
Succeeded by
WAFU Nations Cup
Preceded by
2011 Togo  
WAFU Nations Cup Champions
2013 (First title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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