Ghana national football team
|Association||Ghana Football Association (GFA)|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Avram Grant|
|Asst coach||Maxwell Konadu|
|Top scorer||Asamoah Gyan (46)|
|FIFA ranking||37 (8 January 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||14 (February, April, May 2008)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||89 (June 2004)|
|Highest Elo ranking||14 (30 June 1966)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||97 (14 June 2004)|
| Gold Coast 1–0 Nigeria
(Accra, British Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
| Kenya 0–13 Ghana
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)
| Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana
(Leon, Mexico; 2 October 1968)
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2010|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||19 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Champions, 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982|
The Ghana national football team (Akan: Gaana adehyeman nan-bɔɔl tiim), popularly nicknamed as the Black Stars (Akan: Nsoroma Tuntum), represents Ghana in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. It is administered by the Ghana Football Association, the governing body for football in Ghana and the oldest football association in Africa (founded in 1920). Prior to 1957, the team played as the Gold Coast.
Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006, they had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runner-up 4 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, and 2010). After going through 2005 unbeaten, the Ghana national football team won the FIFA Best Mover of the Year Award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became only the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, and in 2014 they competed in their third consecutive World Cup.
- 1 Africa Cup of Nations
- 2 History
- 3 Team image
- 4 Personnel
- 5 Players
- 6 Competitive records
- 7 Team honours
- 8 Team schedule and results
- 9 Former players
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Titles chronology
- 13 External links
Africa Cup of Nations
The Black Stars participated in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (hosted by Ghana) from 10 January to 20 February 2008 reaching the semi-finals and finished 0–1 to the Cameroon national football team.
From 10 January to 31 January 2010 the Black Stars participated at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations (hosted by Angola) and as expected reached the finals but in disappointing fashion finished 0–1 to the Egypt national football team.
From 21 January to 12 February 2012 the Black Stars participated at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea) reaching the semi-finals before losing 0-1 to the Zambia national football team.
From 19 January to 10 February 2013, the Black Stars participated at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (hosted by South Africa) again reaching the semi-finals for a second consecutive year before finishing 2–3 on a penalty shoot-out to the Burkina Faso national football team.
The Black Stars are undergoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications for participation at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea from 17 January to 8 February 2015.
|This article or section may be slanted towards recent events. (February 2014)|
Chronicles and rebirth
The Gold Coast Football Association was founded in 1920 then succeeded by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in 1957, and was affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year.
On 19 August 1962 at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Stars played Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were at the time Spanish champions, former European champions and intercontinental champions, and drew 3–3.
Charles Kumi Gyamfi became coach in 1961, and the Black Stars won successive Africa Cup of Nations titles, in 1963 and 1965, and achieved their record win, 13–0 away to Kenya, shortly after the second of these. They also reached the final of the tournament in 1968 and 1970, losing 1–0 on each occasion, to DR Congo and Sudan respectively. Their domination of this tournament earned the Black Stars team the nicknames of "the Black Stars of West Africa" and "the Black Stars of Africa" in the 1960s. The team had no success in FIFA World Cup qualification during this era, and failed to qualify for three successive African Cup of Nations in the 1970s, but qualified for the Olympic Games football tournaments, reaching the quarter-finals in 1964 and withdrawing on political grounds in 1976 and made little progress in continent-wide competitions until 1991. The 1992 African Cup of Nations, after three failures to reach the tournament final, saw the Black Stars finish second, after an Ivory Coast win on penalty shootout in the final.
Prior to the year 2000, disharmony among the squad which eventually led to parliamentary and executive intervention to settle issues between two squad members, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah in the late 1990s, may have played some part in the failure of the team to build on the successes of the national underage teams in the late 1990s, but a new generation of Black Stars players who went to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship final became the core of the team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, and were undefeated for a year in 2005 and reached the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team had reached the global stage of the tournament. The Black Stars started by succumbing to a 2–0 defeat to eventual champions Italy, but wins over the Czech Republic (2–0) and USA (2–1) saw them through to the second round, where they lost 3–0 to Brazil.
In 2008, Ghana reached a high ranking of 14 according to the FIFA World Rankings. The Black Stars went on to secure a 100 percent record in their qualification campaign, winning the group and becoming the first African team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the final tournament, the team competed in Group D with Germany, Serbia and Australia. Ghana reached the group of 16 where they played the USA, winning 2–1 in extra time to become the third African nation to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The team then lost to Uruguay in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having missed a penalty kick in extra time after a certain goal was prevented by Luis Suárez's deliberate handball, who was then shown a red card for his actions.
In 2013 Ghana became the only team in Africa to reach four consecutive semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations twice, from 1963 and 1970 and from 2008 and 2013.
Ghana was sufficiently highly ranked by FIFA to start their qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in the Second round. They won the group, and in the following round qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in November 2013, beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off. Ghana was drawn in Group G for the finals, where they faced Germany, Portugal, and United States.
In April 2014, Ghana was drawn in a tough 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where they will face Guinea, Togo, and Uganda to qualify for the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Grounds and training grounds
There is no home stadium for the Black Stars (Ghana national football team). World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches have been played at the Essipong Stadium and Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi, the Len Clay Stadium, Kumasi Sports Stadium and Abrankese Stadium in Kumasi, the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, the Accra Sports Stadium in the Accra and the Tamale Stadium in Tamale. Some smaller, regional stadia (stadiums) were also used in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and 2004 African Cup of Nations qualification qualifying campaigns.
The Black Stars' training facilities and training grounds are located at Agyeman Badu Stadium, Berekum Sports Stadium in Brong-Ahafo, the Tema Sports Stadium in Tema and the multi-functional Lizzy Sports Complex in Legon.
The Ghanaian nationals are 83% are Akan-speakers, and about 21% English-speakers; match schedules of the Black Stars are broadcast both in English as in the case of inter-continental matches and in Akan nationally by Viasat 1; and during the scheduled qualification for World Cup 2014 national broadcaster GTV sub-division of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) broadcast to the Ghana public home qualifiers with away qualifiers broadcast by the satellite television broadcasting corporation Viasat 1, in which the exhibition match against Turkey in August 2013 was televised by Viasat 1 and the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 Inter-Continental Championships are scheduled for public broadcast by the corporations GFA TV, GBC and Viasat 1.
Kit and team crest
The black star is present on the Flag of Ghana and national coat of arms in the center of the primordial national crest. Adopted following the independence of Ghana in 1957, the black star has always been included in its kits. The Black Stars' kits were sponsored by Puma SE from 2005, with the deal ending in 2014.
The Black Star kit is used instead of the original gold, green, and red coloured football kit that coordinates with the colours of the Ghana national flag. The Black Stars are sporting an all-white and partly black football kit which was worn from the years 1957 to 1989 and re-worn from 2006 until December 2014.
The Ghana national football team (The Black Stars) introduced the kit colour to coordinate with the national flag of Ghana and was worn from the years 1990 to 2006 designed with the national colours gold with green and red visibly decorated on its kits, as in the team's crest and in general, Pan-African colours. The gold with green and red kit concept and design was also used in the sixties and seventies, and designed with vertical stripes gold-green and red shoulders with introduction of an all black 2nd kit in 2008 aligning the team's symbol of continuity; Black Star and in 2015, Black Stars' gold-red-green coloured kit and all black coloured kit is to be reassigned to the position of 1st and 2nd kits following the induction of a brown with blue and gold coloured Black Stars 3rd kit in 2012.
Organization and finance
The Black Stars are headed by president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, and vice-president Fred Crentsil, with Frank Davis as director of football, and Edward Bawa as treasurer. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) signed a CN¥92.2 million ($15 million) deal with Ghanaian state-run oil and gas exploration corporation, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), to sponsor the Black Stars and the renewable contract saw the oil and gas exploration corporation become the global headline sponsor of the Black Stars, with a yearly Black Stars player salary wage bill, following the gold mining corporations Ashanti Goldfields Corporation and Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), which had been sponsoring the Black Stars since 2005.
On 28 August 2013, Ghana Football Association (GFA) launched its TV Channel and TV programmed called "GFA TV", thus becoming the first football association on the Africa continent to launch its own TV programme and TV network which has the exclusive rights and television rights to the broadcasting of all the Black Stars' matches. In November 2013, the Black Stars signed a 2013–2015 CN¥30.6 million (US$5 million) and an additional classified multi-million private bank sponsorship deal with 100% wholly owned Ghanaian state-run private banking institution UniBank.
The Black Stars maintain an average stadium match attendance of 60,000+ and an average stadium match attendance high of 80,000+ such as in the case of the Black Stars' 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay in which was attended by 84,017 spectators. Ghana's match against England on 29 March 2011 had the largest away following for any association football national team since the re-opening of Wembley Stadium in 2007. The match was watched by 700 million people around the world.
The Black Stars' (Ghana national football team) main footballing rivalry is with the Super Eagles (Nigeria national football team). The "Battle of Supremacy on the Gulf of Guinea" is between two of the most successful teams on the African continent. The proximity of the two countries to each other, a dispute between the different association football competitions and a non-sporting dispute between Ghana and Nigeria in which Ghana battles Nigeria in contention for the supremacy of the whole of West Africa zone and for the more territorial domain of Sub-Saharan Africa add to this rivalry.
In books and popular culture
Products including books, documentary films, Azonto dances and songs have been made in the name of the Ghana national football team. These may be intended with commercial motives but are focused on previous and future World Cups or Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
- Books: Several books have been published on the team's participation in major tournaments. Ghana, The Rediscovered Soccer Might: Watch Out World!, about the history and performance of the Black Stars and also all the major association football national teams that the Black Stars have ever played against: ‘The Black Stars of Ghana’ by Alan Whelan; about Black Stars commencing their progress through the final rounds of the 2010 World Cup and into the quarter-finals: ‘The Principles of Modern Soccer Coaching’ by Ben Koufie, about the association football tactics and skills and principles involved in winning association football matches by Ghanaian FIFA and CAF executive Ben Koufie.
- Documentary films: In 2010 Miracle Films Ghana Limited showcased a vintage documentary film picture, Kwame Nkrumah & Ghana's Black Stars, about Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah "Africa's man of the 2nd millennium" and "Pan-African pioneer", who invested a lot of energy into making Ghana's association football national team – the Black Stars – a force in African football.
- Nickname: The Black Star Line, a shipping industry line incorporated by the founder of the Back-to-Africa movement, civil rights movement leader Marcus Garvey and the organizer of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) from 1919 to 1922, gives the Ghana national football team their nicknames, the Black Stars of West Africa and the Black Stars of Africa.
- Dances: Upon the Black Stars scoring against opposition teams, dance forms of the worldwide popular Ghanaian Azonto were performed by Black Stars players in their goal celebrations in match victories at the 2010 World Cup and in 2013, a new elite dance version of the Ghanaian Azonto named; "(Akan: Mmonko)" (shrimp), was established and showcased at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations by the Black Stars players. Black Stars goal celebrations in match victories at the 2014 World Cup and upon scoring against opposition teams, are to establish and showcase Alkayida.
- Songs: On occasions of past World Championships or African Championships, a number of Ghanaian musicians with music producers created generic hiplife songs which were composed in the Akan language – the 2006 World Cup song, "Akan: Tuntum Nsorom Ye Ko Yen Anim," (Black Stars, We are moving forward) musical composed by the Musicians Union of Ghana, is to motivate the Black Stars to perform creditably in their quest for the capturing of the World Cup trophy. Black Stars' captain and top-goalscorer Asamoah Gyan recorded and released a Hiplife song with 'Castro The Destroyer', where he features under the alias 'Baby Jet'. The song is entitled "African Girls" and is sung in the Akan language and was launched onto the Ghanaian screens, continental West Africa screens and onto the Sub-Saharan Africa screens. The music video shows the famous "Asamoah Gyan Dance" goal celebration which he demonstrated at the 2010 World Cup and in the Premier League. The song "African Girls" won an award at the Ghana Music Awards in 2011. The 2010 World Cup song, "Ghana Black Stars (Official Song 2010 World Cup)" composed by Ghanaian hiplife music group "Kings and Queens Entertainment" approved by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as the GFA has indicated that the Black Stars are a protected brand.
Current technical staff
|Head Coach||Avram Grant|
|Assistant Coach||Maxwell Konadu|
|Technical Coordinator||Francis Oti Akenteng|
|Head Scout||Otto Addo|
|Head Masseur||Samuel Ankomah|
|Physiotherapists||Colonel Ofosu Anim|
|Head Psychologist||Prof. Joseph Mintah|
|Head Doctor||Prof. Dr. Adam Baba|
|Equipment Manager||Ismail Amidu|
|Other backroom staff||Anthony Baffoe|
Last updated: October 2014
Source: Ghana Football Association official website
Former Head coaches
Since 1957 Ghana has had thirty-two different head coaches and three caretakers. C.K. Gyamfi is the most successful of these, leading the Black Stars to three Africa Cup of Nations titles – in 1963, 1965 and 1982 – making Gyamfi the joint most successful coach in the competition's history. Fred Osam Duodu led the Black Stars to their 1978 Africa Cup of Nations title; Ratomir Dujković, Milovan Rajevac, and James Kwesi Appiah, have all led the Black Stars to World Cup qualification.
The following 23 players were selected for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
27 January 2015
Caps and goals correct as of:
23 January 2015, including the match against Algeria.
The following players have been called up in the last 12 months:
The football association of Ghana (GFA) administers several national teams at different age levels between 16 and 23 years of age.
The under-23 level (or Olympic team) from the 1992 Summer Olympics competes in Olympic football tournaments, Football at the All-Africa Games, CAF U-23 Championship and is restricted to using players aged 23 years and under. The football at the Olympic Games is thus considered as an under-23 World Cup and since the Olympic Games of 1992; the under-23 level has participated in 5 Olympic Games, becoming the first African team to win an Olympic medal when they won bronze in 1992.
The under-20 level is considered as the feeder level to the Black Stars senior squad and has competed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup since its inception in the 1970s. The under-20 level captured the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009 after defeating Brazil 4–3 on penalties after the match finished 0–0 in extra time, and becoming the first on the Africa continent to do so. The under-20 level has been champions of the African Youth Championship three times: in 1995, 1999 and 2009, as well as twice runners-up in 2001 and 2013.
The under-17 level is the youngest level and players chosen may not be more than 17 years of age. The team represents Ghana in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The under-17 team have twice been FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, in 1991 and 1995. Additionally they finished as runners up on two occasions, 1993 and 1997. The under-17 level has participated in eight of the 15 tournaments of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, debuting in Scotland 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship and dominating the FIFA U-17 World Cup competition in the 1990s, where they reached four consecutive finals. They also twice won the African U-17 Championship.
Africa Cup of Nations record
Ghana has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times – in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 – equal with Cameroon and bettered only by Egypt. As the first winner of three Nations Cup tournaments, Ghana obtained the right to permanently hold the trophy in 1978. The Black Stars have qualified for the tournament 19 times in total, finishing as runners-up four times, third once, and fourth three times.
- Africa Cup of Nations Record
|Africa Cup of Nations Record||GP||W||>D||L||GF||GA||GD|
|Africa Cup of Nations Finals||78||43||16||19||107||67||+40|
|Africa Cup of Nations Qual. (H)||32||23||6||3||71||23||+48|
|Africa Cup of Nations Qual. (A)||32||12||8||12||43||31||+12|
|Africa Cup of Nations Total||142||78||30||34||221||117||+100|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|1957||Did not enter||1978||Champions||1998||Round 1|
|1959||Did not enter||1980||Round 1||2000||Quarter-finals|
|1962||Did not qualify||1982||Champions||2002||Quarter-finals|
|1963||Champions||1984||Round 1||2004||Did not qualify|
|1965||Champions||1986||Did not qualify||2006||Round 1|
|1968||Second place||1988||Did not qualify||2008||Third place|
|1970||Second place||1990||Did not qualify||2010||Second place|
|1972||Did not qualify||1992||Second place*||2012||Fourth place|
|1974||Did not qualify||1994||Quarter-finals||2013||Fourth place|
|1976||Did not qualify||1996||Fourth place||2015||TBD|
- *Denotes place was determined by penalty kicks.
- ** Gold background colour indicates that the team won the tournament.
- ***Red border color indicates the team was a host nation.
African Nations Championship record
Ghana has competed in all three African Nations Championship tournaments held to date, twice finishing as runners-up.
|Ivory Coast 2009||Runner-up||2nd||5||1||3||1||8||6||Team|
|Sudan 2011||Round 1||14th||3||0||0||3||1||4||Team|
|South Africa 2014||Runner-up||2nd||6||3||3||0||4||1||Team|
|Rwanda 2016||To be determined|
West African Nations Cup and WAFU Nations Cup record
West African Nations Cup [SCSA Zone III] Record
|Athens 1896||No association football competition|
|Paris 1900||At the 1900 and 1904 Olympics, clubs competed.|
|St. Louis 1904|
|London 1908||The Gold Coast team did not participate|
|Los Angeles 1932||No association football competition|
|Berlin 1936||The Gold Coast team did not participate|
|Helsinki 1952||Did not participate [a]|
|Rome 1960||Did not qualify|
|Mexico 1968||Round 1||12th||3||0||2||1||6||8|
|Munich 1972||Round 1||16th||3||0||0||3||1||11|
|Montreal 1976||Round 1 (Did not participate)|
|Moscow 1980||Did not qualify|
|Los Angeles 1984|
|Barcelona 1992||Since 1992 olympic football is competed by U-23 [n]|
- a. Note: The Gold Coast national football team established in 1950; country known as Gold Coast then renamed Ghana in 1957, not competing in international competitions and not being part of neither FIFA nor CAF until 1958, and therefore also recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
- n. Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
World Cup record
The Black Stars have qualified for three FIFA World Cup tournaments; 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2006, Ghana was the only African side to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup in Germany and was the sixth nation in a row from Africa to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup. The Black Stars had the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 years and 352 days, and were praised for their improving performance. FIFA ranked Ghana 13th out of the 32 countries who competed in the tournament.
In the 2010 World Cup, Ghana progressed beyond the group stages of the World Cup in South-Africa, and reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Uruguay. The Black Stars were defeated on penalty shootout after Luis Suárez hand-balled on the goal line deep into extra time, preventing a certain winning goal. Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA ranked Ghana 7th.
After beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in November 2013, Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. They were drawn in Group G with Germany, USA and Portugal. For the first time Ghana fell in the group stage, tying Germany 2–2 and losing to both the United States and Portugal by 2–1.
|FIFA World Cup Record||GP||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD|
|World Cup Finals||9||4||2||3||9||10||−1|
|World Cup Quals (H)||34||24||8||2||78||19||+59|
|World Cup Quals (A)||33||9||8||16||37||42||−5|
|World Cup Total||76||37||18||21||124||71||+53|
|1930 to 1958||Did not enter|
|1962||Did not qualify|
|1970 to 1978||Did not qualify|
|1986 to 2002||Did not qualify|
|2006||Round of 16||13th||4||2||0||2||4||6|
|2018||To Be Determined|
Last updated 1 February 2014
- Winners (4): 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959
- Runners-up (4): 1951, 1954, 1956, 1958
- Nkrumah Cup
- Winners (3): 1959, 1960, 1963
- Azikiwe Cup
- Winners (5): 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
- Third place (1): 1991
Other Tournaments and Cups
- Uganda Independence Tournament 1962
- Winner: 1962
- Independence Cup 1964 (Zambia)
- Winner: 1964
- Runners up: 1982
- Addis Abeba 25th Anniversary Tournament 1983
- Winner: 1983
- Burkina Faso Tournoi Amical
- Winner: 1984
- Samuel K. Doe Cup 1986
- Runners up: 1986
- Black Stars Tournament 1993 (Libreville, Gabon)
- Third: 1993
- Egypt Tournament 1994
- Winner: 1994
- Great Artificial River Championship 1999 (Libya)
- Runners up: 1999
- Third: 2003
- Four Nation Tournament
- Winner: 2007
- Liberian Independence Anniversary Tournament 2010
- Winner: 2010
- African National Team of the Year Winners (3): 1983, 2006, 2010
- FIFA most improved team of the year award Winner: 2005
Team schedule and results
|International Friendly 4 January 2014||Namibia||0–1||Ghana||Windhoek, Namibia|
|17:00 UTC+2||Report||S. Mohammed 28'||Stadium: Independence Stadium
|2014 African Nations Championship – Group C 13 January 2014||Ghana||1–0||Congo||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Annorbaah 34'||Report||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Sylvester Kirwa (Kenya)
|2014 African Nations Championship – Group C 17 January 2014||Ghana||1–1||Libya||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Yahaya 6'||Report||Al Badri 73' (pen.)||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)
Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|2014 African Nations Championship – Group C 21 January 2014||Ethiopia||0–1||Ghana||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Adusei 76' (pen.)||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|2014 African Nations Championship – Quarter-Final 26 January 2014||Ghana||1–0||DR Congo||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Adusei 68' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Ali Lemghaifry (Mauritania)
|2014 African Nations Championship – Semi-final 29 January 2014||Nigeria||0–0 (aet)
|Ghana||Bloemfontein, South Africa|
|20:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Free State Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|2014 African Nations Championship – Final 1 February 2014||Libya||0–0 (aet)
|Ghana||Cape Town, South Africa|
|20:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)
|International Friendly 5 March 2014||Montenegro||1–0||Ghana||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|18:00 UTC+2||Damjanović 1' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Stadion pod Goricom
Referee: Vlado Glodjović (Serbia)
|International Friendly 31 May 2014||Netherlands||1–0||Ghana||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|20:30 UTC+2||van Persie 5'||Report||Stadium: Stadion Feijenoord
Referee: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra (Portugal)
|International Friendly 9 June 2014||South Korea||0–4||Ghana||Miami, United States|
|19:00 UTC−5||Report||J. Ayew 11', 53', 89'
|Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Referee: David Gantar (Canada)
|2014 World Cup – Group G 16 June 2014||Ghana||1–2||United States||Natal, Brazil|
|19:00 UTC+3||A. Ayew 82'||Report||Dempsey 1'
|Stadium: Arena das Dunas
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
|2014 World Cup – Group G 21 June 2014||Germany||2–2||Ghana||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|16:00 UTC+3||Götze 51'
|Report||A. Ayew 54'
|Stadium: Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
|2014 World Cup – Group G 26 June 2014||Portugal||2–1||Ghana||Brasília, Brazil|
|13:00 UTC+3||Boye 31' (o.g.)
|Report||Gyan 57'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E 5 September 2014||Ghana||1–1||Uganda||Kumasi, Ghana|
|16:00 UTC±0||A. Ayew 50' (pen.)||Report||Mawejje 45'||Stadium: Baba Yara Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Said Kordi (Tunisia)
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E 10 September 2014||Togo||2–3||Ghana||Lomé, Togo|
|16:00 UTC±0||F. Ayité 11'
|Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E 10 October 2014||Guinea||1–1||Ghana||Casablanca, Morocco|
|17:00 UTC+1||Traoré 81'||Report (CAF)||Gyan 27'||Stadium: Stade Mohamed V
Referee: Omar Mohamed Ragab (Libya)
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E 15 October 2014||Ghana||3–1||Guinea||Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana|
|16:00 UTC+0||Gyan 14'
A. Ayew 57' (pen.)
|Report (CAF)||Yattara 34'||Stadium: Accra Sports Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E 14 November 2014||Uganda||1–0||Ghana||Kampala, Uganda|
|16:00 UTC+3||Kabugo 10'||Report (CAF)||Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Hussein El-Fadil (Sudan)
|2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E 19 November 2014||Ghana||3–1||Togo||Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana|
Ouro-Akoriko 78' (o.g.)
|Report (CAF)||Segbefia 47'||Stadium: Kumasi Sports Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
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