According to the latest FIFA rankings ( October 2013), Ghana Black stars have been globally placed at position 23 out of the 209 football teams involved. This makes it the second best team in Africa after Ivory coast — which is ranked at position 17 and, at the same time, considered as the best football team in Africa. In fact, this is not the best they have ever done since they had earlier managed to get to position 14 globally and position 1 in Africa in the 2008 FIFA ranking. But for the sake of being brief, just know that Ghana is a formidable team whose prowess in the football sport has made it one of the most respected teams that is supported by a great majority of football fans in Africa. And if you’re interested to know more about this great African team, consider reading its 10 most amazing moments:
Here are 10 Ghana Black Stars Most Amazing Moments
1. Their first time in world cup — 2006
For a very long time, Black stars had consistently failed by noose to get to the world cup until in 2006 when their dreams finally came to pass. They were among the six African countries that had actually qualified for the world cup, but eventually managed to remain as the only African team to get to the second round. This great performance for a team that was playing in the world cup for the first time did not only intrigue African countries, but also the rest of the world. To add on, it was the youngest team in the world cup — average age of 23-years and 352-days.
2. When they reached the quarter finals in 2010 world cup
One of the greatest moments for black stars is when they got to the quarter finals in 2010 before they were finally kicked out by Uruguay. They were defeated on penalties after Luis Suarez accidentally hand-balled inside the goal line during the extra time, which denied them an almost certain win. In fact, if they had won the quarter finals, they’d have become the first African country to have ever gotten into the semi finals in the world cup. And out of the 32 teams involved, they were ranked at position 7 by FIFA.
3. The two times they qualified for the African cup semi-finals four times in a row
Black stars are well remembered for the two times they qualified for semi-finals in the African cup, four times in a row: 1963 and 1970 as well as 2008 and 2013. This has greatly contributed to them being ranked as the second best team in the history of the African cup, which also allowed them to host the 13th edition of the African cup.
4. Their victory against USA — 2006 world cup
One team that had one of the roughest encounters with Black stars during the world cup was the USA team. In fact, no one had predicted a defeat for the USA and, if am not wrong, most of Black stars supporters had already heeded defeat only to be surprised in the last minute. It was an epic victory for Black stars as the entire Africa united to celebrate what was by then termed as an ‘African victory’.
5. Thrashing Egypt 6-1
In a bid to look for world cup qualifiers for 2014, Ghana played against Egypt in Kumasi where Egypt were thrashed 6 – 1. This was so demeaning for Egypt — a team that had actually won the African cup of Nation thrice. According to some soccer annalysts, Black stars were too lethal, too strong and too sharp for Egypt’s defense team but the six goals they scored were beyond what anyone had expected.
6. Their match against Brazil — September 2011 ( Brazil won 1- nil)
Another exciting moment for Black stars and it’s supporters is when they played against Brazil at Craven Cottage. Even though Brazil won by scoring the only goal in the second half, the game was considered as one of the toughest game for Brazil — who couldn’t have imagined facing such a huge resistance from an African team. Despite the pounding rainfall, Black stars were determined to play a game that will remain in people’s memory for the longest time possible.
7. Their match against England In Wembley Stadium, April 2011 ( a 1:1 draw)
After being accidentally kicked out of the world cup by Uruguay, Black stars couldn’t imagine losing again to England in their friendly match. Were it not for the great effort from England’s players, it could have been a tremendous victory for Black stars as they were so prepared to thrash any team to regain what they had lost in the world cup. The game ended with a 1:1 draw, but the chanting and spilling of Black stars supporters could have led you into believing that they had actually won.
8. Winning the 13th edition of the African cup
After enjoying a great success in football in 1963 and 1965, Ghana black stars also won the 13th-edition of the African cup and kept the trophy in 1978. In fact, they were hosting the contest when they won, and managed to win the cup again four years later when it was hosted by Libya in Tripoli. Since then, they have managed to win the African cup 4 times: 1963, 1965, 1978 as well as 1982.
9. Black stars match against Australia
For the first time, the dream about an African country winning world cup had actually shifted from probable to possible when the most admired team in Africa drew against one of the most formidable teams in the world. Actually, Black stars had ceased to be Ghana’s team and became an African team as the whole Africa joined in the acclamation of their huge success. The game ended with a 1:1 draw.
10. Their victory against Czech republic in 2006 world cup — 2 : 0
Black stars’ victory against Czech republic is probably one of the most celebrated triumphs in Ghana’s soccer history. Being the first match that Ghana had ever played against Czech, most of Ghana Black star supporters had anticipated for nothing more than a draw. The 2 : 0 victory against Czech came as a predoctoral hint that Ghana might actually be the first African country to ever win the world cup in the near future if not in 2014.