Ghana National Football Team
FIFA Ranking: 52
Ghana Football Association (GFA)
Accra Sports Stadium
Most Capped Player:-
Asamoah Gyan (109 caps)
Asamoah Gyan (51 goals)
Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp
Best Result: Quarterfinals (2010)
Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON):-
Best Result: 4 x Champions (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)
African Nations Championship:-
Best Result: Runners-up (2009, 2014)
The Ghana national football team represents its nation in the official international football competitions under CAF and FIFA. The Ghana FA is the oldest football association in Africa, founded in 1920 as Gold Coast. It received official FIFA affiliation in 1958.
Ghana is a part of the West African Football Union (WAFU) and within that, they feature in Zone B. WAFU was formed in 1975.
The Black Stars have their biggest rivalry against the Super Eagles – Nigeria. As a part of the same Zone, it is no surprise that this is the game that all Ghanaian and Nigerian fans look forward to. Known as the “Battle of Supremacy on the Gulf of Guinea”, it features two of the most successful teams in Africa.
Ghana made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006 and put on a show. They qualified 2nd in their group behind Italy to go through to the Round of 16. Unfortunately for them, they ran into mighty Brazil as they crashed out by losing 3-0 to the Selecao. Credit to Ghana, however, as they made 3 consecutive FIFA World Cups. Following their first entry in 2006, 2010 proved to be a phenomenal year.
Ghana’s greatest ever player – Asamoah Gyan (most caps and goals for the Black Stars) led the attack and helped Ghana make the quarterfinals of the competition. They were a penalty kick away from a semi-final berth if not for Luis Suarez’s intentional handball that prevented a goal.
2014 saw them get knocked out in the group stages itself as they only managed a solitary point to finish last. Ghana failed to qualify for the Russia FIFA World Cup in 2018 and will be hoping to make amends in a quest to qualify for the 2022 edition to be held in Qatar.
Football in Ghana
Football is the most popular sport in Ghana.
Ghana has historically been one of the strongest African footballing nations. The Ghanaians have not only won the AFCON 4 times but also have made the finals on another 5 occasions, with their last final coming in 2015.
Ghana went unbeaten in 2005, which was rewarded with the FIFA Best Mover of the Year Award. Their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign made them only the third African nation to ever qualify for the last 8 of the competition.
Ghana has a 4-tier league system in place.
At the top is the Ghana Premier League. This features the best clubs in the country.
This is followed by the Division One League that is divided into 3 Zones – Southern, Middle and Northern.
The third division is the Division Two League also known as the Middle League. This is further divided basis football associations – Brong Ahafo Football Association (consists of 2 Zones – A and B), Central Regional Football Association, Eastern Regional Football Association and Greater Accra Regional Football Association.
The Division Three League is the 4th tier of Ghanaian football followed by an amateur league called GAFCOA (Ghana Amateur Football Club Owners Association). This consists of 2nd, 3rd and juvenile club owners who have come together to seek the welfare and development of quality players for football in Ghana.
Betting in Ghana
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IS ONLINE GAMBLING LEGAL IN GHANA?
Yes, absolutely. The gambling laws of Ghana are extremely lenient. Anyone over the age of 18 can legally bet on sports, both online and offline.
Ghana’s gambling (and sports betting) industry is regulated by the 2006 Gaming Act, which requires operators to be licensed by the Ghana Gaming Commission and only officially licensed sports betting platforms must be used.
IS IT SAFE TO BET ONLINE IN GHANA?
It is safe to bet online in Ghana but bettors must make sure that they only register and bet with licensed and regulated online betting platforms. SportyBet.com is one example of a reliable online sportsbook.
HOW DO DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS WORK IN GHANA FOR ONLINE BETTING?
Major credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are almost universally accepted deposit options at online sportsbooks in Ghana. Most accept transfers to and from e-wallets like Neteller and Skrill.
Airtel Money and MTN Mobile Money are popular options too. They are both mobile phone-based money transfer services that function as an online bank account. Once you have money in your Airtel or MTN account, you can transfer it to and from other bank accounts, other Airtel/MTN users, and any sportsbook that supports either Airtel or MTN.
Some Ghanaian websites allow bank/wire transfers but these are not commonly found. CAL Bank is one local bank in Ghana that provides such a service.
IS MOBILE BETTING AVAILABLE IN GHANA?
Of course! Ghanaians thrive on mobile betting. Africans love betting on their mobile phone devices given the ease and convenience. These are more common than betting on desktop computers.
WHICH ARE THE POPULAR SPORTS FOR BETTING IN GHANA?
Football (soccer) is without a doubt, the biggest sport in Ghana. The English Premier League is the competition that is most followed and bet on in the country.
Ghanaians also keenly follow basketball, tennis, rugby and boxing.
ARE WINNINGS FROM BETTING TAXABLE?
Yes, winnings from betting (online and offline) are taxable but this is never a significant amount. The reason winnings are taxed is because the Gaming Commission of Ghana generates revenue through these taxes.
IS THE SPORTS BETTING MARKET FAIRLY REGULATED IN GHANA?
Yes, there is nothing to be worried about as online betting platforms and sportsbooks have to be registered and licensed by the Ghana Gaming Commission to provide betting services.