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Ghana have a rich history in World Football having being crowned U17 & U20’s World Champions an unprecedented 3 times for a nation from the African continent.

Making impact on both the continent and the world stage, Ghana have graced Africa and Europe of some of the most talented and decorated football players in the world. Players such as Abedi Pele, Stephen Appiah, Samuel Kuffour, Michael Essien, and Tony Yeboah. And the diaspora, in Jerome Boateng, and Marcel Desailly. Players who have not only succeeded, but paved the way for many more.

Adebi Pele, regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all time. Adebi Pele was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe. Fleet footed, the guile, and speed of thought.

•73 international caps 33 goals
•3 time winner of the coveted African Footballer of the Year Award
•European Cup winner with Marseille
•French Ligue 1 winner with Marseille 2x
•AFCON winner in 1982 with Ghana

Kwasi Owusu was affectionately called Powerhouse, the goal poacher is the most the prolific forward in the history of the domestic league as well as one of Ghana’s all time top-scorers. Kwasi Owusu captained Ghana between the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Kofi Badu, the grand left footed figure of Kumasi Asante Kotoko in their historic period in the 1980’s. An AFCON winner in 1982. In 1983 with his beloved Asante Kotoko SC he was a CAF Champions League winner also.

Osei Kofi was called the ‘wizard dribbler’ because of his dazzling dribbling skills. Osei Kofi was the top scorer in the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia firing Ghana to winning the tournament for a second time.

•Africa Cup of Nations winner in 1965
•3x Ghanaian Premier League winner with Asante Kotoko

A phenomenal leader. A leader of men. Stephen Appiah was blessed with a great ability to read the game, with strength, power, and poise. A great record in European football, and a legend at Fenerbahce.

•FIFA U-17 World Championship
•Serie A winner in Italy with Juventus
•Turkish ‘Super Lig winner with Fenerbahce

A product of the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1995. The charismatic Samuel Kuffour wore his heart on his sleeve and did so distinguishably, and spent 11 successful years at Bayern Munich.

•6x winner of the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich
•European Cup winner with Bayern Munich
•FIFA U-17 World Championship
•3x Ghana Footballer of the Year
•BBC African Footballer of the Year

Tony Yeboah, considered one of the most prominent and prolific goal scorers in Ghanaian and African football history. With a 1 in 2 goal ratio at club and international level.

•Bundesliga top goalscorer for 2 consecutive seasons in 1992–93 & 1993–94.
•African Cup of Nations runner-up in 1992
•Ghana Premier League top scorer: 1986 & 1987
•Bundesliga top scorer: 1992–93 & 1993–94
•Kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1992–93 & 1993–94
•African Footballer of the Year: (third) 1992 & (second) 1993
•FIFA World Player of the Year: (ninth) 1993
•Leeds United Player of the Year: 1996
•Ghana Footballer of the Year: 1997
•Premier League Player of the Month: March 1995 & September 1995

Michael Essien. One of the greatest players in the Premier League era. The 1st Ghanaian to play for Real Madrid. The Bison!

·2 times French ‘Ligue 1’ winner with Lyon
·2 times winner of the English premier league with Chelsea
·FA cup winner in 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10 & 2011–12 with Chelsea
·League cup winner in 2006–07 with Chelsea
·European cup winner with Chelsea
·Ligue 1 player of the year in 2004–05
·BBC African footballer of the year 2006

A.C. Milan Hall of Fame inductee. A career which spanned 20 years playing at the highest level. Marcel Desailly.

•AC Milan Hall of Fame inductee
•European Cup winner with Marseille & AC Milan
•2 times Serie A winner in Italy with AC Milan
•FA Cup with Chelsea
•116 caps & 3 goals for France between 1993 – 2004
•World Cup and European Championship winner with France

Phenomenal talent! He won the FIFA best player of the tournament – the Golden Ball award in a competition that also included Argentina’s Juan Sebastian Verón and Marcelo Gallardo and Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero – Nii Lamptey

•1991 FIFA U17 World Championship with Ghana.
•The Golden Ball – FIFA player of the tournament (1991 World Championship).
•Bronze medal at the Barcelona 1992 summer Olympics with Ghana

Jerome Boateng. A stellar career with highlights including that famous night in 2014 in the Maracaná.

•7 times winner of the German Bundesliga with Bayern Munich
•European Cup winner with Bayern Munich
•World Club Cup winner with Bayern Munich
•World Cup winner with Germany
•UEFA European U-21 Championship winner with Germany.

Jon Mensah. An experienced campaigner. A rock. The rock, and heart of the back 4. A distinguished career in Europe with playing in Ligue 1 and the Premier League.

•Finalist at the FIFA World Youth Championship in 2001
•The last 16 & quarter final respectively at the FIFA World Cup in 2006 & 2010
•2nd and 3rd place respectively at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 & 2010

Charles Gyamfi became the 1st African to play in Germany when he joined Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1960. But not only that, he is the most successful coach in the Africa Cup of Nations history, in leading Ghana to back to back championships in 1963 & 1965, as well reclaiming Africa’s covered title again in 1982.

•1st African to play in Germany
•3x Africa Cup of Nations winner
•Led Ghana to their Olympic debut at the 1964 Summer Olympics

Sulley Muntari One of a select few of Ghanaians & players to not only play for AC Milan & Inter Milan, but to win the European Cup. An international career spanning 12 years. Representing Ghana in 3 World Cup tournaments.

•84 international caps & 20 goals for Ghana
•FA Cup winner with Portsmouth
•2x Serie A winner with Inter Milan
•2x Coppa Italia winner with Inter Milan
•2x Super Coppa Italiana winner with Inter Milan
•UEFA Champions League winner with Inter Milan
•FIFA Club World Cup winner with Inter Milan

A glittered career spanned across Europe, Africa, and Asia. Asamoah Gyan. Ghana’s leading and all-time top goal scorer with 50 + goals in in over 100 appearances.

• Was awarded the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2010.
•Asamoah Gyan represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
•With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in World Cup history.
•Gyan also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Runners up in 2010 & 2015.

Arthur Wharton was the world’s first black professional footballer. In a career that spanned 17 years, he went on to play as a goalkeeper for Preston North End, Rotherham Town, Sheffield United and Stockport County. Not just skilled with a ball, Wharton was a true all-round athlete. And in 1886 Arthur became the fastest man in Britain winning the Amateur Athletics Association national 100 yards champion at Stamford Bridge, London. Becoming the first man to run 100 yards in ten seconds flat. And in in 1887, setting a record time for cycling between Preston and Blackburn. Honouring Arthur Wharton, The English FA unveiled a statue at St. George’s Park to mark his contributions to football.

Wilberforce “Willie” Mfum. Mfum played professionally in both Ghana and the United States. Part of the alumni of legendary players to play for Asante Kotoko. Mfum was a part of the Olympic football team at the 1964 Summer Olympics, and the successful AFCON side in 1963, scoring two goals as Ghana ran home winners

Edward Kobina Acquah. Scorer of 2 of the 3 goals in the iconic game against Real Madrid in Accra. He was nicknamed ‘Mr. Sputnik’, and rose to prominence following the fearsome striking partnership formed with Wilberforce Mfum. He scored four goals in the African Cup of Nations as Ghana triumphed in 1963.

Adolf Armah. The mercurial midfielder is rated by his teammates at Hearts of Oak and Black Stars to be one of the finest creative midfielders Ghana has ever produced. He was part of the successful Hearts of Oak era in the 1970’s. And captaining Ghana, also won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Black Stars in 1978.

Mohammed Polo. The dribbling magician as he was affectionately called is the most creative player Accra Hearts of Oak has ever produced. And arguably the most technically gifted player ever to emerge from Ghana. He joined Accra Hearts of Oak in the early 1970’s and in 1973 he was voted the footballer of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana. Mohammed Polo was part of the fearsome five of Accra Hearts of Oak team that tormented their rivals in the 1970’s. Polo was also part of the Black Stars team that won the 1978 AFCON on home soil.

Karim Abdul Razak had a left foot to die for and dribbling skills that set the Kumasi Sports Stadium and many stadiums around the continent alight for many years. An AFCON Cup winner with Ghana, he was also was named African Player of the Year in 1978. The play-maker thrilled fans in Kumasi with Asante Kotoko, and in the US for years where he played for the New York Cosmos playing alongside former World Cup winners Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto. His crowning moment was, however, in 1978 when he scored two crucial goals as Ghana won a third AFCON title, including in the semi final winner against Tunisia which gave him the nickname ‘Golden Boy’. CAF named him among the 30 greatest African players of the last 30 years.

Issac Paha, captain of the Black Stars in 1984. And decisive in the penalty shootout in the 1982 AFCON Cup Final.

Opoku Afriyie. Winner of the AFCON in 1978. Afriyie was the Golden Boot winner in the Ghanaian domestic league in 1979 and again in 1981. Opoku Afriyie is among 20 other Ghanaians nominated by CAF out of a total of 200 African footballers for the title of the best African player of the last 50 years. Moving in management. Afriyie was appointed team manager of Asante Kotoko in 2003. And also served as the team manager and welfare officer of the Black Stars.

Ofei Ansah. Ofei was nicknamed “The Rock of Gibraltar” because of his unyielding, combative, and uncompromising defending style. He played a stellar role when the Ghana Black Stars hosted and won the African Nations Cup in 1978 and again 1982. He rose to be an integral part of Hearts of Oak’s period of domination. Ofei Ansah was part of the team that won three league titles in four years in the 70s.

Ibrahim Sunday started his career playing for Asante Kotoko, of which he became the captain. In 1970, he and his club won the CAF Champions League. And the following year in 1971, he won the African Footballer of the Year award. He was a member of the Ghana national team, participating in two Africa Nations Cup tournaments (finals). And represented Ghana in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. After retirement he and moving into management, he coached his former club Asante Kotoko, leading them to their second CAF Champions League victory in 1983. And led Africa Sports of Abidjan to the Continental title (CAF Super Cup) in 1992.

George Alhassan nicknamed Jair referring to Jairzinho due to a similar style of play to the Brazilian player Jairzinho played in both the 1978 & 82 AFCON. Scoring 2 in the final in 1978 but starring in 1982 as Ghana regained their title. George Alhassan was the top scorer of the tournament and Golden Boot winner with four goals. During his career he played in Ghana, Gabon and Korea.

Jacob Nettey was the captain of the all-conquering Accra Hearts of Oak team that won 5 premiership titles, the coveted CAF Champions League in 2000 and African Super Cup. Netty was capped 47 times by Ghana. Including being a member of the Ghanaian squad at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Following retirement and moving into coach Nettey has current/previous experience with Accra Hearts of Oak & Ghana Black Starlets (U17’s).

Kofi Abbrey. Abbrey is considered as one of the best wingers Ghana has ever produced. Playing for Sekondi Eleven Wise, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. One of his finest hours and seasons was in 1982 winning the AFCON in Libya. Following retiring he moved into coaching with the youth set up at Asante Kotoko.

Opoku Nti, considered to have been one Ghana’s top players in the 80’s. Nicknamed “Zico”, in honour of the Brazilian, he was awarded The African Sportswriters Association player of the year in 1983. The year prior 1982, Nti helped Ghana regained their title Afcon Title. And in 1983 Opoku Nti’s winning goal made Asante Kotoko Champions of Africa after defeating Egypt’s Al-Ahly in the final of the CAF Champions League in Kumasi.

Emmanuel Quarshie featured in the African Cup of Nations success in 1978. He then captained Ghana in regaining the trophy in 1982. At club level, Emmanuel Quarshie captained Sekondi Hasaacas, with whom he won the West African Club Championship 1982 before moving to Egypt to join Zamalek SC winning its first African Cup of Champion Clubs (CAF Champions League) 1984.

The Ayew brothers. Sons of the iconic Abedi Pele. Both academy graduates from Marseille. They have incredible played together for both Marseille, Swansea and Ghana. With distinguished clubs in Europe – West Ham, Fenerbahce, including Marseille.

Andre has made over 80 appearances for Ghana. And in turn, Jordan has made over 50 appearances caps for Ghana. In 2014, both were included in the Ghanaian squad for the 2014 World Cup. And a part of the 2015 AFCON team in Equatorial Guinea that were finalists.

The Black Starts representing Ghana in football at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Topping a group including Japan, Italy and Argentina. Eventually going out to Egypt in the 1/4 finals. The entire squad who won our 1st AFCON title in 1963 on home soil which beginning that period of success and dominance.

Team: Dodoo Ankrah (Real Republicans), Evans Oblitey (Real Republicans), Ben Acheampong (Real Republicans), Franklin Crentsil (Real Republicans), Kwame Adarkwa (Kotoko), Kofi Pare (Real Republicans), Wilberforce Mfum (Kotoko), Agyemang Gyau (Real Republicans), Leonard Acquah (Defence Stars), E.E Degraft (Corners Stones), Osei Kofi (Kotoko), Addo Odametey (Real Republicans), Edward Acquah (Real Republicans), Mohammed Salisu (Kotoko), Aggrey Fyn (Captain) (Real Republicans), Ofei Dodoo (Hearts of Oak), Joe Aikens (Corners Stones), Atta Kwame (B.A United).

The 1978 winning squad who won our 3rd AFCON title in Ghana

Team: Joseph Carr, P.S.K. Paha, Ofei Ansah, Awuley Quaye (c), James Kuuku Dadzie, Adolf Armah, John Nketia Yawson, George Alhassan, Opoku Afriyie, Karim Abdul Razak, Mohammed Ahmed Polo, Fuseini Salifu, Haruna Yusif, Isaac Acquaye, Dan Kayede, Abdulai Chesco, Emmanuel Quarshie, Addae Kyenkyehene, Anas Seidu, Willie Klutse, Kuntu Blankson & Justice Moore

In 1982 for 4th time, Ghana won the AFCON title in 1982 in Libya.

Team: Joseph Carr, Owusu Mensah, John Baker Haruna Yusif, Acquye Mclean, Kwasi Appiah, Hesse Odamtten Kwame Sampson, Sampson Lamptey, Seth Ampadu, Isaac Paha Albert Asaase, Abedi Pele, Emmanuel Quarshie (Capt), Kofi Badu John Bannerman, John Essien, Kofi Abbrey, Opoku Nti, Opoku Afriyie, George Alhassan and Ben Kayede

Asante Kotoko winners of the CAF champions league in 1983.

Back Row (L-R): Akye Ezoa, Addae Kyenkyehene, Seth Ampadu, Ebo Mends, Yahaya Kassum, Joe Carr, Ernest Apau, Papa Arko (c). Front Row: John Smith Bannerman, Kwesi Appiah, Kwame Sampson, Ahmed Rockson, Opoku Nti, Agyemang, Joe Tex, Afranie.

The U17 squad, the Black Starlets that won the U17 FIFA World Cup in Italy in 1991. Defeating Spain by a lone goal, scored by Emmanuel Duah. Phenomenal Achievement.

Squad: Ben Owu, Sebastian Barnes, Isaac Asare, Samuel Kuffour, Kofi Nimo, Mohammed Gargo, Yaw Preko, Nii Odartey Lamptey, Willie Brown, Nana Opoku, Emmanuel Duah, Daniel Addo, Kofi Mbeah, Abdul Migima, Joseph Essien, Samuel Kissi, Mark Edusei, Ali Jarra.

In 1992 Ghana became the first African team to win an Olympic medal in Soccer/Football, when they won bronze in the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.

Squad: Maxwell Konadu, Joachim Yaw Acheampong, Anthony Osei Kwadwo Mensah, Mohammed Gargo, Ablade Kumah, Kwame Ayew, Frank Amankwah, Isaac Asare, Sammy Adjei, Nii Odartey Lamptey, Bernard Aryee, Alex Nyarko, Oli Rahman, Samuel Kuffour, Shamo Quaye, Kalilu Dramani, Simon Addo, Yaw Preko, Mahmood Ahmed, Ibrahim Dossey. (Coach) Samuel Arde

After previously losing in the final to Brazil (in 1993) and to Argentina (2001). The pride of Africa on October 16, 2009. Ghana become the first African team to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup after defeating Brazil in a penalty shootout in Cairo.

The squad: Joseph Addo, Daniel Adjei, Robert Dabuo, Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, David Addy, Philip Boampong, Daniel Addo, Bright Adda, Jonathan Mensah, Gladson Awako, Kassinu Ghandi, Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu, Rabiu Mohammed, Abeiku Quansah, Andre Ayew, John Benson, Opoku Agyemang, Ransford Osei, Latif Salifu, Dominic Adiyiah

In 1995, the U17 squad. The Black Starlets, followed in the footsteps of the squad and school of 1991, in winning the FIFA World Cup in Ecaudor. Ghana won the tournament after beating Brazil 3-2 in the final to lift the trophy for the 2nd time. The goals coming from Baba Sule, Abu Iddrisu and Emmanuel Bentil. Phenomenal Achievement.

Squad: Michael Abu, Nana Kwaku Attakora Amanianmpong, Kamara Dini, Patrick Allotey, Charles Akwei, Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah, Awudu Issaka, Christian Atta Gyan, Joe Ansah, Christian Saba, Baba Sule, Charles Allotey, Emmanuel Bentil © ,Bashiru Gambo, Richard Ackon, Abu Iddrisu, David Amoako & Raymond Fenny

In 2010 in South Africa, Ghana were on the brink of history in becoming the 1st African side to reach the last 4 of the FIFA World Cup. In a group overcoming Australia, Serbia, and Germany. Ghana defeated The USA in the last 16 before heartache in the quarter finals against Uruguay. Losing out on penalties. What a summer!

2010 Squad: Richard Kingson, Daniel Agyei, Stephen Aholu, John Painstil, John Mensah, Samuel Inkoom, Hans Adu Sarpei, Rahim Ayew, Lee Addy, Isaac Vorsah, Jonathan Mensah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Anthony Annan, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Stephen Appiah, Andre Ayew, Derek Boateng, Asamoah Gyan, Prince Tagoe, Dominic Adiyiah, Mathew Amoah

Otto Addo. Born in Germany, Otto represented Ghana for seven years commencing 1999, earning 15 caps and featuring in the FIFA 2006 World Cup. Following retirement In December 2013, Addo was appointed as the head scout of the Ghana national football team. And In April 2019, it was announced that Addo would work for former club Borussia Dortmund (winning the Bundesliga in 2001/02) as a ‘talent coach’. Having previously held a similar role at Borussia Mönchengladbach since 2017.

Hans Sarpei who in recent time was among several candidates to become a supervisory board member at Shalke 04. A distinguished career in the Bundesliga, Sarpei played in Germany his entire career, amassing 258 apperances. Winning the DFB-Pokal with Shalke in 2010/11. Sarpei made 36 appearances caps for Ghana. Featuring and achieving an AFCON 3rd place finish with Ghana in 2008 & finalist in 2010. And in the FIFA World Cup, a last 16 finish in 2006 & quarter-final in 2010.

Sellas Tetteh. Tetteh played as a professional in Ghana and in Nigeria. Following retirement, in 1995 Tetteh began his coaching career with Kotobabi Powerlines, and has gone on to coach Rwanda and Sierra Leone national team. He has held several positions with Ghana Football Federation. And one of Ghana’s finest hours came as Tetteh guided the Ghana under-20 team to the 2009 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first African team to win the competition. Tetteh was CAF Coach of the Year Award, and honoured by veteran coach Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, who ‘knighted’ Tetteh.

Kwadwo Asamoah the dynamic and versatile player has spent his entire senior career in Italy – with Udinese, Juventus and Inter Milan. With over 70 caps for Ghana, Asamoah is not just an intelligent player, but a serial winner.

  • 6x Serie A winner with Juventus
  • 4x Coppa Italia winner with Juventus
  • 3x Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus
  • Ghana Player of the Year: 2012 & 2013
  • CAF Team of the Year: 2014
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2013–14

Mubarak Wakaso played for Ghana at several levels, with over 50 caps for the Black Stars. Wakaso in 2013 claimed the golden boot in the AFCON with 4 goals, and in 2017 was selected in the team of the tournament. In 2014 he represented Ghana at FIFA World Cup in Brazil. And in a combined 9 successful years in La Liga, played for for Espanyol, Elche, Villareal & Deportivo Alaves.

Emmanuel Badu a veteran of Serie A having played in Italy for ten years with both Udinese and Hellas Verona. Badu famously scored the winning sudden death penalty on 16 October 2009 in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final against Brazil. The penalty made Ghana the first African nation to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 2012 Badu scored a volley that was nominated for FIFA Puskás Award (FIFA’s global Goal of the Year award). Winner also of the Ghanaian Premier League in 2009, Badu has made 78 appearances for Ghana, netting 11 times for the Black Stars.

Touted for years to break through as youth team player at Inter Milan. Mario Balotelli is the 1st black player to player to Italy. Having played for both giants in Milan. Mario Balotelli with a 1 in 2/3 goal scoring record at Inter, Milan, Manchester City, Nice, Marseille & now his home town club Brescia, Mario has donned the azzurri blue jersey 36 times netting 14 times. The FIFA Golden Boy in 2010. Mario led Italy to the finals of the Euros in 2012 in a great tournament. Mario was in the UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament. And the following season Serie A Team of the Year. His honours include:

·Serie A with Inter Milan in 2007 – 08, 2008 – 09 & 2009 – 10
·Coppa Italia with Inter Milan 2009 –10
·Supercoppa Italiana with Inter Milan 2008
·UEFA Champions League with Inter Milan 2009 –10
·Premier League with Manchester City 2011–12
·FA Cup with Manchester City 2010 –11

Anthony Baffoe. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat, Baffoe grew up near to the former West German capital of Bonn and made a name for himself in the 1980s in the Bundesliga, becoming a real crowd favourite for FC Köln and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Baffoe was the first Ghanaian expatriate-player to play for the Black Stars. He was capped 16 times for Ghana, notably at 1992 and 1994 African Cup of Nations.

Currently Baffoe occupies several functions for the African Football Confederation (CAF), as well as for FIFA. He is a member of FIFA and CAF Football Committees. In February 2006 he was named “Director for International Relations” for the Ghana national football team. He is the founder and General Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana. In that capacity he’s in close contact with the FIFPro Players’ association and works in collaboration with the Ghana Football Association.

John Paintsil. In the years between 2008-2011, he was Fulham Football Clubs reliable number 4. With a wealth of experience in the Premier League, Painstil with 89 caps was part of a successful youth side which were runners-up in the FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina in 2001.  A key figure, Ghana reach the last 16 in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the last 8 in 2010 in what was a memorable tournament in South Africa. His honours include:

  • Israeli Premier League with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2002–03
  • Israel State Cup with Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2006
  • 3rd place in the AFCON with Ghana in 2008