Football in Ghana

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Football in Ghana
Flag of Ghana.svg
Country Ghana
Governing body Ghana Football Association
National team(s) men's national team
Club competitions
International competitions

Football is the most popular sport in Ghana. Between 1957 and 2018, the sport was administered by the Ghana Football Association.[1] Internationally, Ghana is represented by the male Black Stars and the female Black Queens. The top male domestic football league in Ghana is the Ghana Premier League, and the top female domestic football league in Ghana is the Ghana Women's Football League. Football is the most popular sport in the country.


It is on record that the game of football was introduced into the Gold Coast region towards the close of the 19th century by merchants from Europe. Sailors during their leisure times played football among themselves and sometimes with a select side of the indigenous people. The popularity of the game spread like wild fire within a short time along the coast culminating in the formation of the first football club, Excelsior, in 1903 by Mr. Briton, a Jamaican-born Briton, who was then the Head Teacher of Philip Quaicoe Government Boys School in Cape Coast.

Ghana national men's football team

Accra Sports Stadium also known as Ohene Djan Stadium is one of the four stadiums used by the Ghana national football team (Black Stars), U-23 team (Meteors), U-20 team (Black Satellites), U-17 team (Black Starlets) and the Ghana women's national football team (Black Queens)

The Black Stars team is one of the highly rated national football teams in Africa. Ghana has won the African Cup of Nations championships on four occasions.[2] They also reached the last sixteen of the 2006 FIFA World Cup before being eliminated by the Brazil. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became the third African team in history to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. Some illustrious players have been Charles Kumi Gyamfi, Abédi Pelé, Abdul Razak, Tony Yeboah, Samuel Kuffour and Michael Essien.

The youth teams have been successful as well. The U-17 team regularly competes in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and has won it twice and were runners-up twice. The U-20 team were runners-up twice in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and in 2009 the Black Satellites completed the double by winning the 2009 African Youth Championship and being crowned 2009 U-20 World Cup Champions thus becoming the first African Country to win the U-20 World Cup Championship. In 1992, Olympic U-23 team became the first African country to win a medal at Olympic Games football and in 2011 the Black Meteors were crowned 2011 All-Africa Games champions for the first time. Former Black Stars senior squad members such as Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, John Mensah and captain Stephen Appiah all got their start at these youth tournaments.

In 2014, Ghana was one of the eight nations to take part in the first Unity World Cup.

Top goalscorers

As of 26 June 2014, the players with the most goals for the senior Ghanaian national team are:

Ghana national women's football team

The Black Queens have taken part in all the FIFA Women's World Cup championships since 1999. The team has however failed to go beyond the first round on each occasion. Ghana has also been runner up to Nigeria on three occasions in the African Women's Championships. Two Ghanaians, Alberta Sackey and Adjoa Bayor have been voted African Women Player of the Year.

Ghana Premier League

First Capital Plus Bank is the commercial sponsor of Ghana Premier League.

Ghanaian FA Cup

Ghana Super Cup

Ghana Women's Football League

Accra Sports Stadium disaster

Notable players

African Player of the Year and notable players

Abédi Pelé is a three time African Footballer of the Year winner. He is Ghana's most successful football player and highest goalscorer of the Ghana national team to date, and has received the Golden Foot award.

In the 1990s, Abédi Pelé and Tony Yeboah received FIFA World Player of the Year top ten nominations: the following decade Sammy Kuffour and Michael Essien received Ballon d'Or nominations. Abédi Pelé was listed in the 2004 "FIFA 100" greatest living footballers.

On 13 January 2007, the Confederation of African Football voted Abédi Pelé, Michael Essien, Tony Yeboah, Karim Abdul Razak and Samuel Kuffour as members of the CAF top 30 best African players of all-time. In addition, Abédi and Yeboah were voted as among of the best African players of the century in 1999 by IFFHS.



  1. ^ "The Politics of Soccer - How Kwame Nkrumah built a team of winners".
  2. ^ Anaman, Fiifi. "The Last Time: How Ghana managed an unlikely ascension unto the African football throne". Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Gyan, Asamoah". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Abedi Pelé Ghana's brightest Black Star". FIFA. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Ghana would qualify to next round of World Cup - Tony Yeboah". 19 May 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
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