Ghana's Football World Cup History

Ghana are still one of the giants of African football despite having won their last Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in 1982.
The Black Stars have produced some memorable performances in their three appearances in the FIFA World Cup.
We take a look at the four-time AFCON champions' history in the globe's biggest sporting event.

2006 World Cup - Germany

This was Ghana's maiden appearance in the World Cup finals and they were determined to impress under Serbian coach Ratomir Dujkovic.
The Black Stars had the youngest team in the 2006 edition with an average age of 23 years and 352 days, with Asamoah Gyan being their key player.
Dujkovic's side lost their first Group E game against eventual champions Italy, but they secured wins over the Czech Republic and the USA with Gyan scoring against the former.
Ghana reached the Round of 16 where they were defeated by a formidable Brazil side and were eliminated from the competition.
"Brazil seem to be untouchable and unbeatable as far as referees are concerned but they can be beaten by a more experienced team with better strikers," Dujkovic said. 
"I am very proud of my players as they gave me everything. The future is bright for Ghana even though we have gone out of the World Cup."
Former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac

2010 World Cup - South Africa

Ghana made their second appearance in 2006 in the most prestigious football tournament which was hosted by an African country for the first time.
The Black Stars were under the guidance of another Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac, who masterminded a win over his nation, Serbia in their opening Group D match.
A draw against Australia and a defeat to Germany followed, but the West Africans managed to advance to the knockout phase as Group D runners-up.
Ghana went on to defeat the USA in the Round of 16, but they narrowly lost to Uruguay in quarter-finals and became the third African team to reach the World Cup last eight.
Gyan did have a chance to win the match after being awarded a penalty late in the game, but struck the crossbar before seeing his side lose on penalties. 

2014 World Cup - Brazil

The Black Stars were hoping to go one step further by becoming the first African side to advance to the semi-finals in 2014.
They started their Group G campaign with a defeat to the USA, before they drew with a strong Germany side which went on to clinch the title.
Africa's all-time top scorer in the World Cup, Gyan scored his sixth goal in the competition as Ghana succumbed to a defeat to Portugal in their last game.
As a result, Kwesi Appiah's side bowed out of the tournament after finishing fourth in Group G.
“We went there to make sure we make the nation proud, and then things didn’t happen,” Gyan said on The National.
“What I have to say is sorry to all the fans who were very disappointed in us.”

“At the end of the day, we didn’t qualify, so whatever happens on and off the field, we are the people to be blamed."

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Published: 04/07/2020