Ghana have a rich history with respect to the Africa Cup of Nations. Here’s what you ought to know
Since its Afcon debut in 1963, Ghana has contributed plenty to the competition’s intricately woven fabric, with its teams, players, coaches, and the nation itself providing many an outstanding memory. A cursory glance at the facts and figures below certainly illustrate that point:
- Ghana, as you are likely aware, has won the Afcon four times – only beaten on that count by Egypt, and equaled by Cameroon.
- Ghanaians have topped the Afcon scoring charts on four occasions, with Ben Acheampong and Osei Kofi sharing the honours in 1965. The most recent is Mubarak Wakaso who netted four at the last edition. Only once – George Alhassan in 1982 – has a Ghanaian topscorer scooped the award all for himself.
- Two Ghanaians – Karim Abdul Razak (1978) and Abedi Ayew (1992) – have been crowned MVPs in Afcon history.
- Wilberforce Mfum is Ghana’s highest goalscorer in Afcon history with eight goals, followed by Geroge Alhassan and Abedi Pele (6 each); Asamoah Gyan (5), and a host of others on lesser figures.
- No nation has hosted the Afcon more times than Ghana has (4). It is an honour the west African state shares with Egypt.
- Prior to Equatorial Guinea 2015, Ghana has appeared at the Nations Cup 19 times (out of a possible 29), played 83 games (won 46, drew 16, and lost 21), scoring 111 goals and conceding 71. Those stats put Ghana third on the all-time rankings, behind Egypt and Nigeria.
- Ghana won the Afcon on its debut, when it hosted the competition in 1963. In 1978, it hosted and again won.
- Ghana picked the original Nations Cup trophy for good in 1978 when it conquered Africa for a third time. The Black Stars were also the first to reach a quartet of titles.
- Ghana have been vanquished in Afcon finals as often as they have triumphed. Four times the Black Stars have taken silver (as often as any other team, namely, regional cousins Nigeria), and once bronze. In all, twelve semi-final finishes.
- Three of Ghana’s four Nations Cup conquests had national legend Charles Kumi Gyamfi at the helm as coach. That’s a record matched only by Egyptian Hassan Shehata (who achieved the feat at consecutive tournaments).
- Equatorial Guinea 2015 would be Ghana’s sixth straight Afcon appearance. The last time the Stars missed out was in 2004 and, before that, 1990.