Ghana

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Ghana National Football Team

World Cup Participation

2006, 2010, 2014, 2022

Championships:

1978, 1986

Team Information

Ghana National Football Team History

Beginnings After Independence

Ghana received its independence from Great Britain in 1957 and formed a football federation soon after. The Ghana national football team found success relatively early on as they won both the 1963 and 1965 Africa Cup of Nations. Osei Kofi was voted Best Player in 1965 as Ghana defeated hosts Tunisia 3-2 in the final.

At the next two Africa Cup of Nations Ghana finished as runners-up. Because of their performances in AFCON, and the lone black star on their flag, Ghana were nicknamed the “Black Stars”

First World Cup Appearance After 50 Years

Unfortunately, Ghana failed to qualify for the next three AFCONs and had no luck getting to the FIFA World Cup in the 20th century. Hosting AFCON for the second time in 1978, Ghana won their third title. Midfielder Karim Abdul Razak was the tournament’s best player, while forward Opoku Afriyie was joint-top scorer. The Black Stars won their fourth Africa Cup of Nations in 1982 and only trail Cameroon and Egypt for the most titles.

The first Ghana FIFA World Cup appearance finally came in 2006 after a nearly 50 year wait. The Black Stars did quite well in their first World Cup as they were the only African team to make the knockout stage.

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Following a 2-0 loss to Italy in their opener, Ghana defeated Czech Republic 2-0 and the USA 2-1. With six points, Ghana finished second in their group and faced Brazil in the round of 16. A talented Brazilian side defeated Ghana 3-0.

First African Team to Make the World Cup

In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Ghana national football team had a perfect record and were the first African team to make the World Cup. The Black Stars once again made the round of 16 and got their first knockout stage win, 2-1 over the USA with Asamoah Gyan scoring the winner. In a controversial quarterfinals match, Ghana fell to Uruguay in penalties.

Ghana qualified for a third consecutive World Cup in 2014 but were unable to win a match. It was the first time they’ve been eliminated in the group stage.

Despite a poor performance at AFCON 2021, Ghana qualified for Qatar 2022 by defeating rivals Nigeria on away goals. Their success was eclipsed by Nigerian fan riots and violence.

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