Learn about the Black Stars players.


Sulley Ali Muntari – Midfielder

Sulley Ali Muntari plays as a midfielder for the Black Stars. Muntari’s abilities first came to light in youth tournaments, while he was playing for Liberty Professionals in Accra. As a raw 16-year-old, he was already an integral member of Ghana’s U-20 team as they finished runners-up at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, losing out to the hosts in the final. Starting every match in defense, the youngster crossed paths with – and eliminated – future stars of the calibre of Adriano, Kaka, Julio Baptista and Djibril Cisse.

Those performances seduced scouts from Europe looking for the next big thing, and, despite impressing during a trial with Manchester United, he was soon packing his bags for Udinese. His first season was spent in the reserves, but his chance to shine was on its way and finally came at the San Siro on 6 November 2002, when he made his debut appearance against AC Milan of all teams. The Rossoneri proved too strong on the day, yet Udinese’s young newcomer left an instant impression. “Muntari was immense against Milan,” enthused monthly magazine Football Italia, “showing himself to possess the touch of Kaka and the combativeness of Edgar Davids, he is definitely a player to keep a close eye on.”

Michael Essien

In 2005, Chelsea fought off stiff competition from Manchester United to pay £24.4 million for a Ghanaian central midfield with a fine reputation after some outstanding performances for Lyon – but few could have predicted just how crucial Essien would become for the Blues.

He moved to France in 2001, joining Bastia from Liberty Professionals, and reached the French Cup final in his debut season before joining Lyon, where two Championship medals and the 2004-05 French Players’ Player of the Year award followed. Michael Essien will play midfielder for Ghana Black Stars in the 2014 World Cup Brazil games.

Adam Larsen Kwarasey

Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey (born 12 December 1987) is a Ghanaian international footballer who plays professionally for Norwegian club Strømsgodset, as a goalkeeper. Kwarasey was born and grew up in Norway, and he chose to represent his father’s country, Ghana at international level.

In November 2007, Kwarasey declared that he would play international football for Ghana. However, he played a friendly match for Norway under-21 in 2008. Adam Kwarasey will play goalkeeper for Ghana Black Stars in the 2014 World Cup Brazil games.

Andre Ayew

André Morgan Rami Ayew (Arabic: أندريه رامي آيو‎: Arabic pronunciation: [a~nˈdr ~æː ~ ra~ˈmi a~ˈje~w] ( listen), Akan: pronunciation: /æˈjjuː/ a-yew; born 17 December 1989) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for the French Ligue 1 club Marseille and the Ghana national football team. Ayew plays as a winger for Olympique de Marseille. He is the second-born son of the three-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award and FIFA 100 member Abedi Pele and has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, who also play football.

Ayew began his career in his home country of Ghana playing for Nania. He made his debut for the club at age 14. In 2005, he signed with his father’s former club, Marseille, and spent two seasons in the club’s youth academy before making his debut for the club in the 2007–08 season. In the following two seasons, Ayew played on loan with Lorient and Arles-Avignon helping the latter team earn promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time. In 2010, Ayew returned to Marseille and became an integral part of the first team under manager Didier Deschamps.

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Pierre Ayew (Akan: pronunciation: /æˈjjuː/ a-yew; born 11 September 1991) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for the French Ligue 1 club Sochaux, on loan from Olympique de Marseille, and the Ghana national football team.

Ayew made his first senior appearance for Ghana on 5 September 2010, in a 3–0 2012 AFCON Qualification match win against Swaziland, at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, Swaziland.[4][5] On 1 June 2012, Ayew scored his first and second international goals in a 2014 World Cup qualification match win against Lesotho, at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana. In December 2011, Ayew was named to the Ghana national team provisional 25-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations,  and in January 2012 he was selected for the tournament’s 23-man squad.

Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng (pronounced [ˈkɛvɪn pʁɪns bo.aˈtɛŋ] ( listen) born 6 March 1987) is a professional football defensive midfielder and box-to-box midfielder who plays for German club Schalke 04 and the Ghana national team. He is a versatile player and has been played in many positions.

Boateng signed for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga in July 1994. In 2006 he was nominated as one of the best youth players in Germany. Boateng left the Bundesliga in 2007 to play in the Premier League but later returned to Germany with Borussia Dortmund in 2009. He later played for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and for AC Milan in Serie A, before returning to the Bundesliga.

Boateng has eleven caps with two goals for the Ghana national football team, and was among the ten players nominated for African Footballer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Boateng is known for his strength, footspeed, and ball-juggling tricks.

Harrison Afful

Harrison Afful (born 24 June 1986 in Kumasi) is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who currently plays as a defender for Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 club Espérance Sportive de Tunis in Tunisia, and the Ghana national team.

Afful plays at international level for his native Ghana and his first full match was in Ghana’s 2–1 loss to Mexico on Wednesday March 26, 2008. He played as left fullback in this match.

2008 African Cup of Nations
Afful was part of the Ghana squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations which was hosted on his home soil. His debut match was against the Ivory Coast in the 2008 26th MTN African Cup of Nations hosted by Ghana.

Jerry Akaminko

Jeremiah Akaminko (born 2 May 1988) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Turkish Süper Lig club Eskişehirspor, and the Ghana national team.

Akaminko made his debut and scored his first goal with the Ghana national team on June 1, 2012 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.

Albert Adomah

Albert Danquah Adomah (born 13 December 1987) is a professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Middlesbrough F.C. and the Ghana national team. He holds both a Ghanaian passport and a British passport.

Adomah made his international debut when coming on as a substitute for The Black Stars in their 1–0 defeat against Brazil on 5 September 2011 at Craven Cottage. Adomah has broke through the national team to book his place in the provisional 26-man squad for The Black Stars in the African Cup of Nations 2013. On 9 January Adomah made the starting team for The Black Stars and was given the number 10 shirt and was told he would play a big role for the national team.

Wakaso

Born in Tamale, Wakaso began his senior career in Ashanti Gold SC. In 2008 he moved abroad and signed with Elche CF in Spain on a five-year contract, but only joined the club nearly two months later however due to international duty.

In late January 2011, after several bouts of indiscipline and club internal codes violations, Wakaso was released by the Valencian Community club.[3] Shortly after he joined another side in the region and Segunda División, Villarreal CF’s B-team.

On 27 February 2011 Wakaso made his La Liga debut, replacing José Catalá in the last minutes of a 2–2 away draw against Racing de Santander. He only played six games in his first full season and the Yellow Submarine was also relegated, after twelve years in the top flight.

Wakaso signed for RCD Espanyol on 11 July 2012, penning a four-year contract. He started in 23 of his league appearances for the Catalans in his first and only season.

 
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