The most successful fathers, sons and footballing families in Ghana

Fathers, sons and extended football families in Ghana

The Frimpong family

Frimpong Manso and his son Edwin Tuffour Frimpong- The former captained Corners to win the WAFU, before joining Asante Kotoko, whereas Edwin had a good time at Liberty Professionals, before he completed a move to the Porcupine Warriors.

The Paha family


PSK Paha and Isaac Paha: The Paha brothers played in the same Black Stars team in the early 1980’s. PSK, the elder of the two was a right full-back, while Isaac Paha was a centre back and he once captained the Black Stars.

PSK Paha was part of the Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning team of 1978, whereas Isaac Paha won the 1982 AFCON with Ghana.

The Kayode family

Dan Kayode and  Ben Kayode: The Kayode brothers had a stint with the Black Stars in the 1980's. Both played as strikers. Dan, the elder rother of Ben won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana and also played in the 1980 AFCON, while Ben Kayode was part of the 1982 AFCON winning team of Ghana and also participated in the 1984 Cup of Nations. The two brothers on several occasions, especially during qualifiers invited into the same Black Stars team.

The Ayew family


The Ayew brothers featured for the Black Stars in the 1990’s, playing together in the 1994 and 1996 Africa Cup of Nations. Pele was the skipper and the playmaker of the team, while Kwame Ayew was playing as the arrowhead. Sola Ayew who is also a younger brother of the three times African Footballer of the Year played as a midfielder.

Abedi Pele is blessed with three children and they are all playing football at the highest level. Rahim Ayew, the eldest was part of the Black Stars team that represented Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew have made two and one World Cup appearances.

The Addo family

Joe Addo and Simon Addo: The Addo brothers featured for the Black Stars in the 1990's. Joe Addo, the elder of the two, who played his domestic football as a defender for Accra Hearts of Oak was the first to play for the senior national team. Although he was expected to participate in Senegal 1992 AFCON, he was snubbed in the end and again missed the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations. However, Joe was selected for the 1996 continental showpiece, where he had the chance to play in the same tournament with his brother Simon. Simon Addo, the former Goldfields and Ghapoha goalkeeper had the opportunity to play in both the 1994 and 1996 AFCONs.

The Kingston family


Richard Kingson and Laryea Kingston: Richard, the senior of the two was a goalkeeper and had stints with the Black Stars date back to the late 1990’s. In the early 2000’s his younger brother Laryea, a winger joined him at the national team. Laryea was very instrumental in Ghana’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup in 2006, but he was not selected for the finals, because he was sent off in the 2006 AFCON, which meant he was going to miss Ghana’s first two games in the World Cup, a risk that the coach didn’t take. His elder brother Richard was selected for the finals.

Laryea Kingston returned into the team alongside, Richard Kingston for the 2008 AFCON, but missed out once again on the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but had an opportunity to appear in a third World Cup.

The Gyan family

Baffour Gyan and Asamoah Gyan: The Gyan brothers earned consist call-ups into the Black Stars in the early 2000’s and they were mostly selected to start for the team especially during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Baffour Gyan mostly operated as a second striker or attacking midfielder, while Asamoah Gyan is an out and out striker.


The Wakaso family

Mubarak Wakaso and Alhassan Wakaso: The Wakaso brothers have both been invited into the Black Stars for the first time- They will be in camp for Ghana’s FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Egypt on 13 November, 2016 in Alexandria.

Alhassan is the younger brother of Black Stars regular Mubarak Wakaso. Mubarak, who made his Ghana debut four years ago and has since become a key regular.

Alhassan is a midfielder, cast in the Yaya Toure mold, who is defence oriented: he can play as a ‘water carrier’ or as a central defender. Just like his big brother, he is physically robust and has great technique.

The Muntari brothers


Sulley Muntari and his younger brother Muniru Muntari are one of the most successful siblings to grace the turf in Ghana. Sulley has played for some of the best clubs in Europe namely Inter Milana and AC Milan and is a former UEFA Champions League winner. The former Portsmouth midfielder has represented Ghana in all their past three FIFA World Cups. Muniru Muntari the younger of Sulley until the termination of his contract at Steau Bucuresti was enjoying week in week out football in the Romanian topflight leage.

The Adjei brothers

Sammy Adjei and Lawrence Adjei-The two brothers played for AshGold and both had the opportunity to play for the Black Stars.

The Naawu family

John Naawu and his son Richard Naawu represented Ghana in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in their generations. John Naawu was part of the 1965 AFCON  winning team of Ghana, while Richard Naawu featured for Ghana in the 1992 Cup of Nations.


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