Football in Ghana
In 2002, FIFA honoured Ghana in recognition of its youth development programmes. This was just reward for the Ghana Football Association's successful, long-term work in this area that resulted in triumphs in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1991 and 1995, a runners-up spot at the FIFA World Youth Championship 2001, and a bronze medal at the Olympic Football Tournament in 1992. League championships are organised at national (first division) and regional levels (second and third divisions), for women (at national level), and for young players in the U-12, U-14, and U-17 age groups. Ghana have won the African Cup of Nations four times (1963, 1965, 1978 and1982), but have dropped down the pecking order in recent years. Ghana have now hit top form again by qualifying for the FIFA World Cup? in Germany this year for the first time in their history. The women's national team has twice taken part in the FIFA Women's World Cup finals (1999 and 2003). The nation's most celebrated footballers include Ibrahim Sunday (African Player of the Year in 1977), Abdul Razak (African Player of the Year in 1978, now coach of Asante Kotoko), and Abedi Ayew Pele (African Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992, now a member of the FIFA Football Committee). Other famous names are Tony Yeboah (played in England and Germany), Samuel Osei Kuffour (defender with Bayern Munich in Germany) and Marcel Desailly (dual French-Ghanaian citizen who has had a long and successful career in the French national team). The best-known female player is the national team's centre forward and captain, Alberta Sackey, who has made the step up to top-flight football in the USA with Majestic Club.
The second Goal project
The technical centre in Accra that was constructed in the first Goal project had to be supplemented with headquarters for the association. Approved by the Goal Bureau at its meeting on 17 February 2005, the project comprised the construction and fitting out of new offices for the Ghana Football Association. The complex will thus complete the "House of Football" in line with the FIFA President's vision for the member associations.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Equipped association headquarters in Accra
Project approved
17 February 2005
Opened on 18 January 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 100,000 Total cost USD 500,000