- Football in Ghana
Football is the most popular sport in
Ghana. The national governing body is the Ghana Football Association. Internationally, Ghana is represented by the male Black Stars and the female Black Queens. The top domestic football league in Ghana is the OneTouch Premier League.
main|History of football in GhanaIt is on record that the game of football was introduced into the Gold Coast 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
main|Ghana national football teamThe "Black Stars" team is one of the highly rated national football teams in Africa. Ghana has won the
African Cup of Nationschampionships on four occasions. They also reached the quarter finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cupbefore being eliminated by the Brazil. Some illustrious players have been Charles Kumi Gyamfi Abedi Pele, Abdul Razak, Tony Yeboah, Samuel Kuffourand Michael Essien.
Ghana national women's football team
main|Ghana women's national football teamThe "Black Queens" have taken part in all the
FIFA Women's World Cupchampionships 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 Sackeyand Adjoa Bayorhave been voted African Women Player of the Year.
OneTouch Premier League
main|OneTouch Premier League
Ghanaian FA Cup
main|Ghanaian FA Cup
Accra Sports Stadium disaster
main|Accra Sports Stadium disaster
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