MOMENTS AND EVENTS THAT SHAPED GHANA FOOTBALL THIS DECADE

• 31st December 2019 represents the last day of a decade (2009 -2019). A decade which has seen some very remarkable highs for Ghana Sports and some very depressing lows as well.

• As we close the chapter on the year and the decade, here are some of the events, and moments GhanaWeb believe shaped the destiny of the country’s sports the last 10 years.

• Ghana made history as the first African nation to ever win the World u-20 Championship.

• Andre Ayew, Ransford Osei, Jonathan Mensah and Adiyiah were among a crop of young players that made Ghanaians proud by beating Brazil on penalties to lift the cup.


31st December 2019 represents the last day of a decade (2009 -2019). A decade which has seen some very remarkable highs for Ghana Sports and some very depressing lows as well.


THE DECADE REALLY STARTED WELL FOR GHANA FOOTBALL AND GHANA SPORTS IN GENERAL. WHY? THE BLACK SATELLITES WENT TO THE LAND OF FATHIA AND BROUGHT HOME A HISTORIC TROPHY. GHANA MADE HISTORY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN NATION TO EVER WIN THE WORLD U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP. ANDRE AYEW, RANSFORD OSEI, JONATHAN MENSAH AND ADIYIAH WERE AMONG A CROP OF YOUNG PLAYERS THAT MADE GHANAIANS PROUD BY BEATING BRAZIL ON PENALTIES TO LIFT THE CUP.

As we close the chapter on the year and the decade, here are some of the events, and moments GhanaWeb believe shaped the destiny of the country’s sports the last 10 years.

Winning 2009 U-20 World Cup

The decade really started well for Ghana football and Ghana sports in general. Why?

The Black Satellites went to the land of Fathia and brought home a historic trophy.



Ghana made history as the first African nation to ever win the World u-20 Championship.

Andre Ayew, Ransford Osei, Jonathan Mensah and Adiyiah were among a crop of young players that made Ghanaians proud by beating Brazil on penalties to lift the cup.

2010 World Cup and Africa Cup

2010 was a year we prefer to describe as near misses for Ghana football. The 2010 World Cup is without a shred a doubt that highest point for the Black Stars and Ghanaians in the last three decades.

The Stars came out of the group stages being the African country to reach progress which earned them love from multitudes across the continent.

The entire country erupted when that Asamoah Gyan shot went past the United States goalie to rattle the net.

Ghana’s joined an exclusive list of African countries to have made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

The same Gyan who sent the team to the quarters also fluffed a last-minute penalty against Uruguay.

2014 FIFA World Cup

After two successive and relative impressive appearances in 2006 and 2010, there was great optimism that 2014 was going to be the year that the Black Stars finally reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. The optimism steam from the fact that Ghana had assembled arguably its best squad in years for the tournament.

Muntari, Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, the Ayew brothers, and Essien were all in the squad.

Sadly, it turned out to be a tournament to forget as disagreement over appearances fees degenerated and resulted in fisticuffs between some players and Management members of the team.

It also led to the expulsion of Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng from the team camp and the national team. And they both have not featured for the country since then.

On the pitch, the Black Stars failed to advance beyond the group stage of the tournament while picking about just a point in 3 games.

A government Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the cause of the chaos that engulfed the team before, during and after the tournament in Brazil. That Commission, led by Justice Senyo Dzamefe was big feature in Ghana football this decade.

2015 AFCON Final