I went to the National Sports Directorate on Wednesday, 16 June to enquire about the current sporting activities in Ghana.
It was a delight to know that Ghana is a country with a rich heritage in sports.
Do not be confused as a starter, here is a beginner’s guide to inform you about all you need to know about Ghana sports.
Mr. Quaye, a worker at the sports directorate assisted me by explaining some of the sports Ghana has participated in and current functioning sports.
He started with a quote by John Low “ sport is one of the most exciting news, from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat. Sports are about the all too human drama of competition and courage.”
According to Mr. Quaye, there is a variety of sports in Ghana and a wide range you can follow whether you are a sports fan or not.
You might have definitely listened, watched, or read sports to know that there are different sports and personalities in the sector.
He continued to say, Ghana’s most popular sport is football, followed by boxing and basketball. He added that other popular sports that exist in the country include athletics, table tennis, hockey, cricket, and golf.
However, football, basketball, and hockey are classified as Team Sports while boxing, Tennis, golf, and athletics are Individual Sports.
Ghana has participated in many championships he explained.
‘‘Ghana has won a total of four Olympics medals in thirteen appearances, three in boxing and bronze medal in Association football, becoming the first country on the African continent to win a medal in the of association football.’’
Football in Ghana is administered by Ghana Football Association. They have the men’s national team known as Black Stars, U-20 called Satellite and U-17 Starlet.
In addition to that, they have the women national team called Black Queens, U- 20 are called the Black Princesses and U-17 are the Black Maidens. Ghana become the third Africa country to reach the quarter-final stage in 2010. FIFA world cup after Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal. Ghana has also performed in many championships including the African Cup of nations with four titles, the FIFA world cup three times (2006, 2010, 2014), and the 2009 FIFA U-20 world cup with 1 title. This makes Ghana the only country on the African continent to be crowned FIFA U-20 world cup champions. The Black Starlets are a two-time FIFA U-17 world cup champion in 1991 and 1995.
The woman national team has made history in Ghana. They have participated in continental tournaments such African women’s cup of nations and won in 2015, 2018 and took 3rd place in 2019. The Ghana Premier League is also under GFA.
Boxing is the second most dominated sport in Ghana. It is administered by Ghana Boxing Authority who works in collaboration with Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation, the state and private agencies including National Sports Authority.
Ghana has produced great legends like Azuma Nelson, Ike Clottey, Richard Kommey, D.K Poison amongst others in the field of boxing. There is a boxing arena at Bukom, Accra.
The woman national team is also making history in Ghana. They have participated in continental tournaments ( African women cup of nations), they were champions in 2015, 2018, and 3rd place in 2019. The Ghana Premier League is also under GFA.
There is boxing too which is the second most dominated sport in Ghana. It is administered by Ghana Boxing Authority who works in collaboration with Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation and other state and private agencies including the National Sports Authority. They’ve produced a lot of great legends like Azuma Nelson, Ike Clottey, Richard Kommey, D.K Poison amongst others. They have a boxing arena at Bukome.
Mr. Quaye elaborated on basketball. According to him, it is also a popular sport in Ghana. Basketball is overseen by the Amateur Basketball Association of Ghana. There are Ghanaian players in the top division in the US-based NCCA. Ghana has competed in several 3×3 basketball tournaments in both the men and women categories. He identified the 2019 African beach 3×3 basketball as the most popular urban team sport.