Ghana national under-23 football team

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Ghana Olympic football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Black Meteors
Association Ghana Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Home stadium Accra Sports Stadium
FIFA code GHA
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games
Appearances 6 (First in 1964)
Best result 3rd: 1992
All-Africa Games
Appearances 5 (First in 1973)
Best result Champion Gold Medal (2011)
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Team

Ghana Olympic football team known as the Black Meteors, represents Ghana in international football competitions in Olympic Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except during the Olympic Games where the use of three overage players is allowed. The team is controlled by the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The team had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. In 1992, they became the first African country to win a medal at Olympic Games football. The Black Meteors failed to qualify for Beijing 2008 and although being the 2011 All-Africa Games champions, the Ghana Olympic football team failed to qualify for the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship thus will not participate in London 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Ghana appeared in the quarter-final of the Olympic games in 1964 where they were beaten by Romania in the quarter-final. They played in the 1968, 1972 Olympic tournaments, but never progressed further than the Group stages. They also qualified in 1976 then withdrew.

In 1992, Ghana reached the semi-final for the first time, they defeated Australia 2-0 to claim their first bronze medal in the event, and thus became the first African country to win a medal at football.

Ghana reached the quarter-finals of the Olympics football tournament in 1996 for the second time, they lost 4-2 against Brazil.

In the Athens 2004 tournament Ghana were eliminated in the Group stages after they lost a must win game 1-0 against Japan. The team were not able to qualify for Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Olympic record[edit]

Former Olympic squads[edit]

Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

All-Africa Games record[edit]

Former All-Africa Games squads[edit]

Note: Football at the All-Africa Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ghana Football Association. www.ghanafa.org.

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