Ghana

Coach:

Avram Grant

Nickname:

Black Stars

Africa Cup of Nations

Previous appearances: 20
Titles: 4 in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982

Road to 2017 AFCON:

Top of Group H with 14 points

Results:

Ghana 7-1 Mauritius
Rwanda 0-1 Ghana
Ghana 3-1 Mozambique
Mozambique 0-0 Ghana
Mauritius 0-2 Ghana
Ghana 1-1 Rwanda


World Cup
Appearances: 3
Best achievement: Quarter final in 2010
 

Coach: Avram Grant
The former Chelsea manager was appointed Ghana's coach just a few weeks before the last Nations Cup and celebrated his 60th birthday at the tournament by taking the side to the final, where they narrowly lost on penalties to the Ivory Coast.
Grant had four years as coach of his native Israel's national team between 2002 and 2006 before moving to Chelsea, initially as director of football but then manager after the departure of Jose Mourinho.
His side lost in a penalty shootout to Manchester United in the 2007 Champions League final.
He has since worked at Portsmouth, West Ham United, Partizan Belgrade and in Thailand.
One point from two matches in 2018 World Cup qualification means Grant's job is on the line if Ghana do not perform well in Gabon.
 
Key player: Asamoah Gyan. Age: 31. Forward.
For all his goal scoring acumen, Gyan is most renowned for squandering a last gasp penalty in extra time of the quarter-final against Uruguay in 2010 that cost Ghana a chance to become the first African side to reach the last four of a World Cup.
He scored the fastest goal of the 2006 World Cup.
Gyan's decision to leave Sunderland for the riches of the United Arab Emirates in 2011 drew criticism from those who believed he was wasting his talent.
 
He is back there after a lucrative spell in China.
 
FIFA world ranking Jan. 2017: 54
 

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Group A W D L P
Burkina Faso
0 1 0 1
Cameroon
0 1 0 1
Gabon
0 1 0 1
Guinea Bissau
0 1 0 1
Group B W D L P
Senegal
1 0 0 3
Algeria
0 1 0 1
Zimbabwe
0 1 0 1
Tunisia
0 0 1 0
Group C W D L P
DR Congo
1 0 0 3
Cote d'Ivoire
0 1 0 1
Togo
0 1 0 1
Morocco
0 0 1 0
Group D W D L P
Ghana
1 0 0 3
Egypt
0 1 0 1
Mali
0 1 0 1
Uganda
0 0 1 0