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Ghana National Soccer Team

(Nickname: Black Stars)

The Ghana national football team popularly called the Black Stars has represented the Republic of Ghana in association football since the 1950s. Black Stars is administered by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), 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. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became only the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

After going through 2005 unbeaten, Ghana national football team won the FIFA most improved team of the year award and they reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The Team qualified for a third-successive appearance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with James Kwasi Appiah, a former captain of the Team, as Head Coach and assisted by Maxwell Konadu, also a former player of the National Team.