FIFA World Cup 2022 Ghana National Team| History

Ghana is one of the strongest national teams in Africa. It hails from West Africa and represents in FIFA World Cup from the African football confederation. Previously, Ghana was a part of the British Colonial Empire from 1821 to 1957. Ghana will be one of the teams out of the selected 32 nations in the Qatar World Cup 2022. 

Ghana’s national men’s team has qualified for four World Cups. Let’s briefly discuss Ghana’s football origin, current preparation, and potential squad for Qatar World Cup 2022.

Brief History of Ghana Football

Pre-British Independence Era

Ghana’s football started early in the nineteenth century. Like other African countries, Ghana is a part of former British colonial rule. During the colonial period, Britishers called Ghana “The Gold Coast.” 

Football was introduced to Ghana by English people during colonization. Ghana formed the Gold Coast Football Association to participate with English junior or lowest division teams in 1920. Ghana also participated in a couple of World Cups as a part of the United Kingdom before its independence. 

Post-Independence

Late in 1957, after gaining independence from the United Kingdom, The Gold Coast changed its name to Ghana and the football association name to Ghana Football Association (GFA). The following year, Ghana became a member of CAF and FIFA, respectively. It also received the nickname Black Stars of Africa from FIFA and its members. 

Ghana national football team in the 1970s, source: Ghanian Museum.

In 1963, Ghana hosted the African Nations Cup for the first time and won the competition in its first attempt. It also became a champion of Africa in 1965, winning the CAF Africa Nations Cup trophy. Then It took 24 years to retain the championship for the Ghanaian team. As of 2022, Ghana has won four African Nations Cups. However, it did not qualify for the World Cup finals until 2006. 

Ghana at the FIFA World Cup Football

One of the CAF’s current strong teams, Ghana, previously made two appearances in soccer World cups. In 2006, for the first time, Ghana passed the qualifying round and ended the tournament in the round of 16. It lost the match against Brazil in a pre-quarterfinal game. 

Ghana Squad for the FIFA World Cup 2006, source: Ghana Soccer net

Ghana participated in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. The Black Stars of Africa reached the quarterfinals and lost the match with Uruguay in a penalty shootout. At that time, Ghana became the only third African country to reach so far after Cameroon and Senegal. 

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Ghana has an average score in World Cup football; it also participated in the 20th edition held in Brazil. But, that time, it could not cross the group stage. Furthermore, it did not qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup. After four years, Ghana returns to the biggest global football fair, FIFA World Cup 2022/Qatar World Cup.  

Notable Players from Ghana

Many Ghanaian players have played for Europe Premier League clubs, and many have played for other leagues, including their own Ghana Premier League. Ghana has produced several players whose popularity has all over the globe. 

Among them, Asamoah Gyan is the one who is considered one of the greatest Ghanaian players to date. He created history playing 109 caps and scoring 51 goals for the Black Stars team in his one-dozen-long career. Gyan also played in several global clubs before his retirement in 2021. 

Ghana Qatar World Cup 2022 squad/preparation

One of the talented teams from Africa, Ghana, won the FIFA World Cup qualification finals with an away goal rule against Nigeria in the second league. 

Ghana plans to play a few friendly matches before the tournament begins. It is currently touring different countries to play friendly games. On August 23, 2022, it lost a match to Qatar in Austria-Vienna. Likewise, it will face Brazil and Nicaragua in September in London and Barcelona similarly, Switzerland on November 17 in the UAE.  

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The Ghanaian team will be in Group H, which includes Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay. It will play the first match with Portugal on November 24, 2022, at Stadium 974. A former Ghanaian player Otto Addo leads the current team as a head coach and captain Andre Ayew. The potential world Cup squad is here. 

  • Goalkeeper: Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates)
  • Goalkeeper: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen)
  • Goalkeeper: Joe Wollacott (Swindon)
  • Goalkeeper: Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen)
  • DF: Andy Yiadom (Reading)
  • Defender: Denis Odoi (Club Brugge)
  • Defender: Montari Kamaheni (Ashdod)
  • Defender: Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo)
  • Defender: Gideon Mensah (Bordeaux)
  • Defender: Daniel Amartey (Leicester)
  • Defender: Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg)
  • Defender: Abdul Mumin (Vitoria Guimaraes)
  • Defender: Dennis Nkrumah-Korsah (Hearts of Oak)
  • Midfielder: Thomas Partey (Arsenal)
  • Midfielder: Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (St Pauli)
  • Midfielder: Elisha Owusu (Gent)
  • Midfielder: Osman Bukari (Nantes)
  • Midfielder: Joseph Paintsil (Genk)
  • Midfielder: Yaw Yeboah (Columbus Crew)
  • Midfielder: Mohammed Kudus (Ajax)
  • Midfielder: Iddrisu Baba (Real Mallorca)
  • Midfielder: Edmund Addo (Sheriff Tiraspol)
  • Forward: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Sporting CP)
  • Forward: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)
  • Forward: Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma)
  • Forward: Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Holstein Kiel)
  • Forward: Christopher Antwi-Adjei (Bochum)

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