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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
Captain Asamoah Gyan
Most caps Asamoah Gyan (93)
Top scorer Asamoah Gyan (48)
FIFA ranking
Current 25 Increase 2 (1 October 2015)
Highest 14 (February, April, May 2008)
Lowest 89 (June 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 29 (31 March 2015)
Highest 13 (30 June 1966)
Lowest 97 (14 June 2004)
First international
 Gold Coast and British Togoland 1–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, British Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
Biggest win
 Kenya 0–13 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 8-2 Ghana 
(San Jose, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil; 27 March 1996)[2]
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2006)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 20 (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.


  • History 1
    • Chronicles and rebirth 1.1
    • Continuum 1.2
  • Team image 2
    • Grounds and training grounds 2.1
    • Media coverage 2.2
    • Kit and team crest 2.3
    • Organization and finance 2.4
    • Supporters 2.5
    • Rivalries 2.6
    • In books and popular culture 2.7
  • Personnel 3
    • Current technical staff 3.1
    • Former Head coaches 3.2
  • Players 4
    • Current squad 4.1
    • Recent call-ups 4.2
    • Youth teams 4.3
      • Under-23 4.3.1
      • Under-20 4.3.2
      • Under-17 4.3.3
  • Competitive records 5
    • Africa Cup of Nations record 5.1
    • African Nations Championship record 5.2
    • West African Nations Cup and WAFU Nations Cup record 5.3
    • Olympic record 5.4
    • World Cup record 5.5
  • Team honours 6
    • Continental tournaments 6.1
    • Continental Subregion 6.2
    • Other Tournaments and Cups 6.3
    • Other Awards 6.4
  • Recent results and fixtures 7
    • 2014 7.1
    • 2015 7.2
    • 2016 7.3
  • Records 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • Titles chronology 11
  • External links 12


Chronicles and rebirth

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.


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

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.They made history in the 2015 afcon by reaching the semi finals for a fifth consecutive time and a ninth appearance in the finals.[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

Lizzy Sports Complex

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

Ghana home shirt: 1970s–1980s
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]
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
  • Documentary films: In 2010 Miracle Films Ghana Limited showcased a vintage documentary film picture, Kwame Nkrumah & Ghana's Black Stars, about Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah "Africa's man of the 2nd millennium" and "Pan-African pioneer",[33] who invested a lot of energy into making Ghana's association football national team – the Black Stars – a force in African football.[34]
  • Nickname: The Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) from 1919 to 1922, gives the Ghana national football team their nicknames, the Black Stars of West Africa and the Black Stars of Africa.[34]
  • Dances: Upon the Black Stars scoring against opposition teams, dance forms of the worldwide popular Ghanaian Azonto were performed by Black Stars players in their goal celebrations in match victories at the 2010 World Cup and in 2013, a new elite dance version of the Ghanaian Azonto named; "(Akan: Mmonko)" (shrimp), was established and showcased at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations by the Black Stars players.[35] Black Stars goal celebrations in match victories at the 2014 World Cup and upon scoring against opposition teams, are to establish and showcase Alkayida.[36]
  • Songs: On occasions of past World Championships or African Championships, a number of Ghanaian musicians with music producers created generic hiplife songs which were composed in the Akan language – the 2006 World Cup song, "Akan: Tuntum Nsorom Ye Ko Yen Anim," (Black Stars, We are moving forward) musical composed by the Musicians Union of Ghana, is to motivate the Black Stars to perform creditably in their quest for the capturing of the World Cup trophy.[37] Black Stars' captain and top-goalscorer Asamoah Gyan recorded and released a Hiplife song with 'Castro The Destroyer', where he features under the alias 'Baby Jet'. The song is entitled "African Girls" and is sung in the Akan language and was launched onto the Ghanaian screens, continental West Africa screens and onto the Sub-Saharan Africa screens. The music video shows the famous "Asamoah Gyan Dance" goal celebration which he demonstrated at the 2010 World Cup and in the Premier League. The song "African Girls" won an award at the Ghana Music Awards in 2011. The 2010 World Cup song, "Ghana Black Stars (Official Song 2010 World Cup)" composed by Ghanaian hiplife music group "Kings and Queens Entertainment" approved by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as the GFA has indicated that the Black Stars are a protected brand.[38]


Current technical staff

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

Black Stars squad members line-up before an Africa Cup of Nations match.

The following 19 players were selected for the Friendly Match match on October, 2015.[43]
Match Date:
13 October 2015

Caps and goals correct as of:
13 October 2015, including the match against Canada.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fatau Dauda (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 25 0 Ashanti Gold
1GK Brimah Razak (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 14 0 Córdoba
2DF Harrison Afful (1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 61 0 Columbus Crew
2DF John Boye (1987-04-23) 23 April 1987 46 3 Sivasspor
2DF Jeff Schlupp (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 9 1 Leicester City
2DF Edwin Gyimah (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 8 0 Orlando Pirates
2DF Gideon Baah (1991-10-01) 1 October 1991 1 0 HJK
2DF Phil Ofosu-Ayeh (1991-09-15) 15 September 1991 1 0 Eintracht Braunschweig
3MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (captain) (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 64 11 Udinese
3MF Wakaso Mubarak (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 37 10 Las Palmas
3MF Afriyie Acquah (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 19 1 Torino
3MF Albert Adomah (1987-12-13) 13 December 1987 18 2 Middlesbrough
3MF Bernard Mensah (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 3 1 Getafe
3MF Alfred Duncan (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 1 0 Sassuolo
3MF Kwadwo Poku (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 1 0 New York City FC
3MF Lloyd Sam (1984-09-27) 27 September 1984 1 0 New York Red Bulls
4FW Jordan Ayew (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 31 9 Aston Villa
4FW Majeed Waris (1991-09-19) 19 September 1991 21 4 Lorient

Recent call-ups

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 1 0 Don Bosco v.  Mauritius, 14 June 2015
GK Stephen Adams (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 10 0 Aduana Stars 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Baba Rahman (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 15 0 Chelsea v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
DF Daniel Amartey (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 7 0 Copenhagen v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
DF Jonathan Mensah (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 47 1 Évian v.  Mauritius, 14 June 2015
DF Mohamed Awal (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 5 0 Al-Shabab 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Samuel Inkoom (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 46 0 Boavista 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Kwabena Adusei (1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 6 2 Mpumalanga Black Aces 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF André Ayew (vice-captain) (1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 66 11 Swansea City v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
MF Christian Atsu (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 43 9 Bournemouth v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
MF Mohammed Rabiu (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 31 0 Kuban Krasnodar v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
MF Solomon Asante (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 19 0 Mazembe v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
MF Frank Acheampong (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 8 1 Anderlecht v.  Mauritius, 14 June 2015
MF Seidu Salifu (1993-11-30) 30 November 1993 0 0 Club Africain v.  Mali, 31 March 2015
MF Enoch Kofi Adu (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 1 0 Malmö 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ibrahim Moro (1993-11-10) 10 November 1993 0 0 Kairat Almaty 2015 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Asamoah Gyan (captain) (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 93 48 Shanghai SIPG v.  Canada, 13 October 2015 INJ
FW Richmond Boakye (1993-01-28) 28 January 1993 10 4 Roda v.  Rwanda, 5 September 2015
FW Kwesi Appiah (1990-08-12) 12 August 1990 6 1 Crystal Palace v.  Mauritius, 14 June 2015
FW Mahatma Otoo (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 4 0 Sogndal v.  Mali, 31 March 2015
FW Ebenezer Assifuah (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 0 0 Sion v.  Mali, 31 March 2015
  • ^ 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.[44] 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.[44]


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

Competitive records

Black Stars at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations

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.[46] 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: 20
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not enter 1978 Champions 1998 Round 1
1959 Did not enter 1980 Round 1 2000 Quarter-finals
1962 Did not qualify 1982 Champions 2002 Quarter-finals
1963 Champions 1984 Round 1 2004 Did not qualify
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 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
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 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
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 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.[47] The Black Stars had the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 years and 352 days,[47] and were praised for their improving performance.[48][49] FIFA ranked Ghana 13th out of the 32 countries who competed in the tournament.[50]

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.[51] Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA ranked Ghana 7th.[52]

After beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in November 2013, Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[53] They were drawn in Group G with Germany, USA and Portugal.[54] 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.[55]

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 To Be Determined
Total Quarter-Final 3/20 12 4 3 5 13 16

Team honours

Last updated 8 February 2015

Continental tournaments

Black Stars as Africa continental champions upon capturing the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations
Winners (4): 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982
Runners-up (5): 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010, 2015
Runners-up (2): 2nd 2009, 2nd 2014

Continental Subregion

  • Jalco Cup[56][57]
Winners (4): 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959
Runners-up (4): 1951, 1954, 1956, 1958
  • Nkrumah Cup[58]
Winners (3): 1959, 1960, 1963
  • Azikiwe Cup[57]
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[59]
Winner: 1962
  • Independence Cup 1964 (Zambia)[60]
Winner: 1964
Runners up: 1982
  • Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament 1983[62]
Winner: 1983
  • Burkina Faso Tournoi Amical[63]
Winner: 1984
  • Samuel K. Doe Cup 1986[64]
Runners up: 1986
  • Black Stars Tournament 1993 (Libreville, Gabon)[65]
Third: 1993
  • Egypt Tournament 1994[66]
Winner: 1994
  • Great Artificial River Championship 1999 (Libya)[67]
Runners up: 1999
Third: 2003
  • Four Nation Tournament[69]
Winner: 2007
  • Liberian Independence Anniversary Tournament 2010[70]
Winner: 2010

Other Awards

Recent results and fixtures






Caps and goals updated as of October 13, 2015. Players in bold are still active at international level.

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  58. ^ Dr Kwame Nkrumah Gold Cup – West African Soccer Federation championship. RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  59. ^ Uganda Independence Tournament 1962. RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  60. ^ Independence Cup 1964 (Zambia). RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  61. ^ Merdeka Tournament 1982 (Malaysia). RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  62. ^ Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament 1983. RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
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  64. ^ Samuel K. Doe Cup 1986. RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
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  66. ^ Egypt Tournament 1994. RSSSF. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  67. ^ Great Artificial River Championship 1999 (Libya). RSSSF. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
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  69. ^ Four Nation Tournament (Ghana) 2007. RSSSF. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  70. ^ Liberian Independence Anniversary Tournament 2010. RSSSF. Retrieved 9 January 2013.

Titles chronology

Last updated 28 November 2013

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

External links

  • An online Resource on The Ghana Black Stars
  • Ghana Football Association official site
  • Ghana List of International Matches at RSSSF
  • Ghana at
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