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Sports News of Thursday, 22 March 2018

Source: Prime News Ghana

10 facts about the Black Stars you should know

The Black Stars represent Ghana in international association football and have done so since the 1950s.

The team which is the senior national male team of Ghana has seen success in the past and are regarded as one of the best national teams in football.

The Black Stars are currently ranked 54th in the World and 8th on the African continent.

Here are 10 facts about the Black Stars you should know.

1.The name Black Stars

Black Star Line, a shipping company founded by Marcus Garvey in 1919, is the inspiration behind the football team's nickname the Black Stars. 2.Black Stars Coaches record

C.K Gyamfi became the first Black Coach of the Black Stars in 1961 after George Ainsley (ENG), Andreas Sjolberg (SWE) and József Ember (HUN) .

In all 41, coaches have led the Black Stars from 1958 to date.

3.Black Stars played Real Madrid in 1962

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.

4.Black Stars have the AFCON four times

The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runner-up 5 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010, and 2015)

5.Unbeaten run

After going through 2005 unbeaten, the Ghana national football team won the FIFA Best Mover of the Year Award and qualified for their first cup in 2006.

6.Highest FIFA ranking

In 2008, Ghana reached a high ranking of 14 according to the FIFA World Rankings.

7.Had a 100% record in 2010 WC qualifiers

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.

8.Record appearance at the AFCON semis

In 2013 the Black Stars 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.

9.Black Stars jersey

The Black Stars have used an all-white and partly black football kit which was worn from the years 1957 to 1989 and again from 2006 to date.

Between 1990 and 2006 the Ghana national football team used the kit in the colours of the national flag of Ghana, with gold, green and red used extensively, as in the team's crest and also known as the Pan-African colours.

10.Black Stars jersey voted best in Brazil

The Ghana national football team's football kit for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was ranked as the best kit of the tournament by BuzzFeed.

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