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Ghana national football team

Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Black Stars
Association Ghana Football Association (GFA)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Avram Grant
Asst coach Maxwell Konadu
Captain Asamoah Gyan
Vice-captain André Ayew
Most caps Richard Kingson (90)
Asamoah Gyan (90)
Top scorer Asamoah Gyan (46)
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 14 (February, April, May 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 89 (June 2004)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 13 (30 June 1966)
Lowest Elo ranking 97 (14 June 2004)
First international
23x15px Gold Coast and 23x15px Trans-Volta Togoland 1–0 Nigeria 23x15px
(Accra, British Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
Biggest win
Template:Country data KEN 0–13 Ghana 23x15px
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)[1]
Biggest defeat
23x15px Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana 23x15px
(Leon, Mexico; 2 October 1968)[2]
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2006)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 19 (First in 1963)
Best result Champions, 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982

The Ghana national football team (Akan: Gaana adehyeman nan-bɔɔl tiim), popularly nicknamed as the Black Stars (Akan: Nsoroma Tuntum), represents Ghana in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. 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.

Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006 where they qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time, they had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times[3] (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.


Chronicles and rebirth

File:Ghana football team 1960s.jpg
Black Stars (Ghana national football team) members in the 1960s pose with some of Ghana's successive international football trophies won.

The Gold Coast Football Association was founded in 1920 then succeeded by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in 1957, and was 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.[4]

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, 13–0 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.[5] 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, 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.


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 USA (2–1) saw them through to the second round, where they lost 3–0 toBrazil.[6]

File:Ghana national football team.jpg
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 group of 16 where they played the USA, 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.[7]

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.[8]

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,losing to Egypt 2–1 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.[9][9] Ghana was drawn in Group G for the finals, where they faced Germany, Portugal, and United States.[10] 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.

In 2015 Ghana competed in its twentieth African cup of nations tournament. The team set several records during the tournament. The Black Stars became the first African team to reach five semi-finals in a row and also played in their ninth continental final, a record in the confederation of African football. The team arrived in the tournament with low expectations on the back of a mediocre performance at the world cup and reached the final, losing on penalties to Ivory Coast.

Team image

Grounds and training grounds

There is no home stadium for the Black Stars (Ghana national football team). 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.[11]

Media coverage

The Ghanaian nationals are 83% are Akan-speakers, and about 21% 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; and during the scheduled qualification for World Cup 2014 national broadcaster GTV sub-division of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) broadcast to the Ghana public home qualifiers with away qualifiers broadcast by the satellite television broadcasting corporation Viasat 1, in which the exhibition 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.[12]

Kit and team crest

Black Stars 2008 Africa Cup of Nations 1st and 2nd kits
Manufacturer Period
Adidas 1957–2000
Umbro 2000–2005
Puma 2005–

The black star is present on the Flag of Ghana and national coat of arms in the center of the primordial national crest. Adopted following the independence of Ghana in 1957, the black star has always been included in its kits.[5] The Black Stars' kits were sponsored by Puma SE from 2005, with the deal ending in 2014.[13]

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

The Ghana national football team (The Black Stars) introduced the kit colour to coordinate with the national flag of Ghana and was worn from the years 1990 to 2006 designed with the national colours gold with green and red visibly decorated on its kits, as in the team's crest and in general, Pan-African colours. The gold with green and red kit concept and design was also used in the sixties and seventies, and designed with vertical stripes gold-green and red shoulders with introduction of an all black 2nd kit in 2008 aligning the team's symbol of continuity; Black Star 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.[14][15]

The Ghana national football team (The Black Stars) football kit is ranked as the best conceptual artistic and designed football kit of any other football team.[16]

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

Organization and finance

The Black Stars are headed by president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi,[17] and vice-president Fred Crentsil,[18] with Frank Davis as director of football, and Edward Bawa as treasurer.[19] 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,[20][21] following the gold mining corporations Ashanti Goldfields Corporation and Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), which had been sponsoring the Black Stars since 2005.[22]

On 28 August 2013, Ghana Football Association (GFA) launched its TV Channel and TV programmed called "GFA TV", thus becoming the first football association on the Africa continent to launch its own TV programme and TV network which has the exclusive rights and television rights to the broadcasting of all the Black Stars' matches.[23] 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 100% wholly owned Ghanaian state-run private banking institution UniBank.[24]


The Black Stars maintain an average stadium match attendance of 60,000+ and an average stadium 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.[25] 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.[26] The match was watched by 700 million people around the world.[26]

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.[27]


The Black Stars' (Ghana national football team) main footballing rivalry is with the Super Eagles (Nigeria national football team). The "Battle of Supremacy on the Gulf of Guinea" is between two of the most successful teams on the African continent.[28] The proximity of the two countries to each other, a dispute between the different association football competitions and a non-sporting dispute between Ghana and Nigeria in which Ghana battles Nigeria in contention for the supremacy of the whole of West Africa zone add to this rivalry.[28]

In books and popular culture

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 participation in major tournaments. Ghana, The Rediscovered Soccer Might: Watch Out World!,[29] 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: ‘The Black Stars of Ghana’ by Alan Whelan;[30] about Black Stars commencing their progress through the final rounds of the 2010 World Cup and into the quarter-finals: ‘The Principles of Modern Soccer Coaching’ by Ben Koufie,[31] about the association football tactics and skills and principles involved in winning association football matches by Ghanaian FIFA and CAF executive Ben Koufie.[32]


Current technical staff

Head Coach Template:Country data Israel Avram Grant
Assistant Coach 23x15px Maxwell Konadu
Technical Coordinator 23x15px Francis Oti Akenteng
Head Scout 23x15px Otto Addo
Head Masseur 23x15px Samuel Ankomah
Physiotherapists 23x15px Colonel Ofosu Anim
23x15px Ralph Frank
Head Psychologist 23x15px Prof. Joseph Mintah
Head Doctor 23x15px Prof. Dr. Adam Baba
Equipment Manager 23x15px Ismail Amidu
Other backroom staff 23x15px Anthony Baffoe
23x15px Ozwald Boateng

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

Former Head coaches

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]


Current squad

File:Black Stars (Ghana national football team) XI.jpg
Black Stars squad members line-up before an Africa Cup of Nations match.

The following 22 players were selected for the Friendly Matches on March, 2015.
Match Date:
28 and 31 March 2015
23x15px Senegal and 23x15px Mali
Caps and goals correct as of:
31 March 2015, including the match against Mali.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fatau Dauda (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 35) 22 0 23x15px Ashanti Gold
1GK Brimah Razak (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 33) 11 0 23x15px Mirandés
2DF Harrison Afful (1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 (age 34) 57 0 23x15px Espérance
2DF Jonathan Mensah (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 29) 45 1 23x15px Évian
2DF John Boye (1987-04-23) 23 April 1987 (age 33) 42 3 23x15px Kayseri Erciyesspor
2DF Baba Rahman (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 26) 11 0 23x15px Augsburg
2DF Edwin Gyimah (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 29) 6 0 23x15px Mpumalanga Black Aces
2DF Jeff Schlupp (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 27) 6 0 23x15px Leicester City
2DF Daniel Amartey (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 25) 5 0 23x15px Copenhagen
3MF André Ayew (vice-captain) (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 30) 65 11 23x15px Marseille
3MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 29) 62 11 23x15px Udinese
3MF Christian Atsu (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 28) 39 8 23x15px Bournemouth
3MF Wakaso Mubarak (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 29) 33 9 23x15px Celtic
3MF Mohammed Rabiu (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 30) 30 0 23x15px Kuban Krasnodar
3MF Solomon Asante (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 29) 17 0 23x15px Mazembe
3MF Afriyie Acquah (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 28) 15 1 23x15px Sampdoria
3MF Frank Acheampong (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 26) 7 1 23x15px Anderlecht
3MF Seidu Salifu (1993-11-30) 30 November 1993 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Club Africain
4FW Jordan Ayew (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 28) 28 6 23x15px Lorient
4FW Richmond Boakye (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 (age 27) 8 3 23x15px Atalanta
4FW Kwesi Appiah (1990-08-12) 12 August 1990 (age 29) 6 1 23x15px Reading
4FW Mahatma Otoo (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 28) 4 0 23x15px Sogndal
4FW David Accam (1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 29) 3 0 23x15px Chicago Fire
4FW Ebenezer Assifuah (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 27) 0 0 23x16px Sion

Recent callups

The following players have been called up in the last 12 months:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ernest Sowah (1988-03-31) 31 March 1988 (age 32) 1 0 23x15px Don Bosco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Stephen Adams (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 30) 10 0 23x15px Aduana Stars 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
GK Adam Kwarasey (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 32) 22 0 23x15px Portland Timbers 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Mohamed Awal (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 32) 5 0 23x15px Al-Shabab 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Samuel Inkoom (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 31) 46 0 Unattached 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Kwabena Adusei (1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 33) 6 2 23x15px Mpumalanga Black Aces 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Daniel Opare (1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 29) 17 0 23x15px Beşiktaş v. 23x15px Togo, 10 September 2014
DF Jerry Akaminko (1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 32) 10 1 23x15px Eskişehirspor v. 23x15px Togo, 10 September 2014
DF Rashid Sumaila (1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 27) 6 0
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Kuwait Al-Qadsia
2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Enoch Kofi Adu (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 29) 1 0 23x15px Malmö FF 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Alfred Duncan (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 27) 1 0 23x15px Sampdoria 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ibrahim Moro (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Template:Country data KAZ Kairat Almaty 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Kwadwo Asamoah </sup>Injured</sup> (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 31) 69 4 23x15px Juventus v. 23x15px Guinea, 15 October 2014
MF Raman Chibsah (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 27) 1 0 23x15px Sassuolo v. 23x15px Togo, 10 September 2014
MF Sulley Muntari (1984-08-27) 27 August 1984 (age 35) 84 20 23x15px Milan 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Michael Essien (1982-12-03) 3 December 1982 (age 37) 58 9 23x15px Milan 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Albert Adomah (1987-12-13) 13 December 1987 (age 32) 16 1 23x15px Middlesbrough 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Kevin-Prince Boateng (1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 33) 15 2 23x15px Schalke 04 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Asamoah Gyan (captain) (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 34) 90 46 23x15px Al-Ain 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Majeed Waris </sup>Injured</sup> (1991-09-19) 19 September 1991 (age 28) 18 4 23x15px Trabzonspor 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
  • ^ INJ = Withdrew because of injury
  • ^ Injured = Currently injured
  • PRE Preliminary squad.

Youth teams

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


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.[43] 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.[43]


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.


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.[44] They also twice won the African U-17 Championship.

Competitive records

Africa Cup of Nations record

Ghana has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times – in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 – equal with Cameroon and bettered only by Egypt. As the first winner of three Nations Cup tournaments, Ghana obtained the right to permanently hold the trophy in 1978.[45] 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 89 50 17 19 121 70 +47
Africa Cup of Nations
Titles: 4
Appearances: 19
Year Position Year Position Year Position
23x15px 1957 Did not enter 23x15px 1978 Champions 23x15px 1998 Round 1
23x15px 1959 Did not enter 23x15px 1980 Round 1 23x15px23x15px 2000 Quarter-finals
23x15px 1962 Did not qualify 23x15px 1982 Champions 23x15px 2002 Quarter-finals
23x15px 1963 Champions 23x15px 1984 Round 1 23x15px 2004 Did not qualify
23x15px 1965 Champions 23x15px 1986 Did not qualify 23x15px 2006 Round 1
23x15px 1968 Second place 23x15px 1988 Did not qualify 23x15px 2008 Third place
23x15px 1970 Second place 23x15px 1990 Did not qualify 23x15px 2010 Second place
23x15px 1972 Did not qualify 23x15px 1992 Second place* 23x15px23x15px 2012 Fourth place
23x15px 1974 Did not qualify 23x15px 1994 Quarter-finals 23x15px 2013 Fourth place
23x15px 1976 Did not qualify 23x15px 1996 Fourth place 23x15px 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 record

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

Year Round Position GP W D L GF GA Squad
23x15px Ivory Coast 2009 Runner-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 8 6 Team
23x15px Sudan 2011 Round 1 14th 3 0 0 3 1 4 Team
23x15px South Africa 2014 Runner-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 4 1 Team
23x15px Rwanda 2016 To be determined
Total 3/3 4th 14 4 6 4 13 11 3

West African Nations Cup and WAFU Nations Cup record

Olympic record

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
23x15px Athens 1896 No association football competition
23x15px Paris 1900 At the 1900 and 1904 Olympics, clubs competed.
23x15px St. Louis 1904
23x15px London 1908 The Gold Coast team did not participate
23x15px Stockholm 1912
23x15px Antwerp 1920
23x15px Paris 1924
23x15px Amsterdam 1928
23x15px Los Angeles 1932 No association football competition
23x15px Berlin 1936 The Gold Coast team did not participate
23x15px London 1948
23x15px Helsinki 1952 Did not participate [a]
23x15px Melbourne 1956
23x15px Rome 1960 Did not qualify
Template:Country data Japan Tokyo 1964 Quarter-final 7th 4 1 1 2 7 12
23x15px Mexico 1968 Round 1 12th 3 0 2 1 6 8
23x15px Munich 1972 Round 1 16th 3 0 0 3 1 11
23x15px Montreal 1976 Round 1 (Did not participate)
23x15px Moscow 1980 Did not qualify
23x15px Los Angeles 1984
Template:Country data South Korea Seoul 1988
23x15px 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 record

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.[46] The Black Stars had the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 years and 352 days,[46] and were praised for their improving performance.[47][48] FIFA ranked Ghana 13th out of the 32 countries who competed in the tournament.[49]

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.[50] Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA ranked Ghana 7th.[51]

After beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in November 2013, Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[52] They were drawn in Group G with Germany, USA and Portugal.[53] 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.[54]

File:Black Stars (World Cup).jpg
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
23x15px 1962 Did not qualify
23x15px 1966 Withdrew
1970 to 1978 Did not qualify
23x15px 1982 Withdrew
1986 to 2002 Did not qualify
23x15px 2006 Round of 16 13th 4 2 0 2 4 6
23x15px 2010 Quarter-final 7th 5 2 2 1 5 4
23x15px 2014 Group stage 25th 3 0 1 2 4 6
23x15px 2018 To Be Determined
Total Quarter-Final 3/20 12 4 3 5 13 16

Team honours

Last updated 8 February 2015

Continental tournaments

Winners (4): 15px 1963, 15px 1965, 15px 1978, 15px 1982
Runners-up (5): 15px 1968, 15px 1970, 15px 1992, 15px 2010, 15px 2015
Runners-up (2): File:Silver medal icon.svg 2009, File:Silver medal icon.svg 2014
First place (1): File:Gold medal icon.svg 2011
Third place (2): File:Bronze medal icon.svg 1978 2003

Continental Subregion

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 Cups

  • Uganda Independence Tournament 1962[58]
Winner: 1962
  • Independence Cup 1964 (Zambia)[59]
Winner: 1964
Runners up: 1982
  • Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament 1983[61]
Winner: 1983
  • Burkina Faso Tournoi Amical[62]
Winner: 1984
  • Samuel K. Doe Cup 1986[63]
Runners up: 1986
  • Black Stars Tournament 1993 (Libreville, Gabon)[64]
Third: 1993
  • Egypt Tournament 1994[65]
Winner: 1994
  • Great Artificial River Championship 1999 (Libya)[66]
Runners up: 1999
Third: 2003
  • Four Nation Tournament[68]
Winner: 2007
  • Liberian Independence Anniversary Tournament 2010[69]
Winner: 2010

Other Awards

Team schedule and results

These are Black Stars' forthcoming 2014 African Nations Championship, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, International Friendly, and 2014 World Cup – Group G matches
For the 2013 Black Stars schedule and results, see Ghana national football team 2013



Former players

See Ghana international footballers for all Ghanaian internationals with a Wikipedia article.

Ghanaian international Abedi Ayew Pele was named African Footballer of the Year three times, in 1991, 1992 and 1993, a number only bettered by Samuel Eto'o.[72][73] He was also included in the CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players Poll, CAF Best Footballer of the Century and FIFA 100 lists.[71]

Ibrahim Sunday, in 1971, and Karim Abdul Razak, in 1978, are also winners of the African Footballer of the Year award, and Razak, Anthony Yeboah, Samuel Kuffour, and Michael Essien were included CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players Poll along with Abedi Pele.[74]

See also

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Titles chronology

Last updated 28 November 2013

Preceded by
1962 Ethiopia 23x15px
African Champions
1963 (First title)
1965 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1968 DR Congo 23x15px
Preceded by
1976 Morocco 23x15px
African Champions
1978 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1980 Nigeria 23x15px
Preceded by
1980 Nigeria 23x15px
African Champions
1982 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
1984 Cameroon 23x15px
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 23x15px
WAFU Nations Cup Champions
2013 (First title)
Succeeded by

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