Country facts:

Area: 239,460 sq km
Population: 20,757,032
Languages: English
Currency: cedi (GHC)
Climate: tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north


Ghana soccer information

Ghana was the last African team to qualify for the African preliminary qualifying rounds for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006?, when they beat Somalia 7-0 on aggregate in a two-legged tie in which both games were played in the West African country after Somalia relinquished the right to play at home due to the politically unstable situation in their country.
Even though the Black Stars had the advantage of playing both matches at home, few doubted that they would have advanced to the group stages against Somalia irrespective of where the games were played. Ghana has at their disposal a whole array of top-class international stars playing for some of the best clubs in Europe. There has, in the past, been some problems in ensuring that those called-up for national duty turn up for international matches, but as long as the side is challenging for a place in Germany '06, that should not be a hindrance this time around.

Remarkably, for one of the best teams in Africa - they are four time continental champions - Ghana have never really come close to qualifying for the finals of the FIFA World Cup. This is even more surprising as the country first participated in the qualifying competition for the 1962 edition.

Ghana's last two forays into the FIFA World Cup competition ended in disappointment when they failed to stay in the running in their groups. Ahead of France '98, Ghana finished third behind Morocco and Sierra Leone, winning only a home game against Gabon. Four years later they finished behind Nigeria, Liberia and Sudan.

Having once again quite easily progressed beyond the first round, the Black Stars' supporters are now hoping that their side will stay in the running for one of the five African places at the showpiece of international football a bit longer than at their previous attempts.

Founded 1957
Affiliated 1958
WC participations None
WC honours None
Continental Titles African Cup of Nations (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982), CSSA Nations Cup (1982-1984, 1986, 1987)