9 times Ghana Black Stars made the AFCON final and how it ended

Ghana's national football team, the Black Stars, has a distinguished history in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), having reached the tournament's final nine times.

Dede Ayew crying after AFCON 2015 finals

This illustrious record is a testament to Ghana's enduring quality and competitiveness in African football.

Below is an overview of each of these final appearances and the outcomes for the Black Stars.

1. 1963 - Accra, Ghana: Ghana Wins

Opponent: Sudan


Result: Ghana 3-0 Sudan

Highlight: Hosting the tournament, Ghana won their first AFCON title, showcasing their dominance on home soil with a commanding victory over Sudan in the final.

2. 1965 - Tunis, Tunisia: Ghana Wins

Opponent: Tunisia

Result: Ghana 3-2 Tunisia (after extra time)


Highlight: Defending their title, Ghana edged Tunisia in a thrilling final that went to extra time, securing their second consecutive AFCON championship.

3. 1968 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Ghana Finishes Runner-Up

Opponent: Congo-Kinshasa (now DR Congo)

Result: Ghana 0-1 Congo-Kinshasa

Highlight: Ghana reached the final again but fell short against Congo-Kinshasa, marking their first loss in an AFCON final.


4. 1970 - Khartoum, Sudan: Ghana Finishes Runner-Up

Opponent: Sudan

Result: Ghana 1-0 Sudan

Correction Note: There appears to be an error in the provided result. In the 1970 AFCON final, Ghana actually lost to Sudan, not won. The correct result highlighted their runner-up finish as they were unable to overcome the host nation.

5. 1978 - Accra, Ghana: Ghana Wins


Opponent: Uganda

Result: Ghana 2-0 Uganda

Highlight: Ghana claimed their third AFCON title, once again leveraging home advantage to secure victory over Uganda in the final.

6. 1982 - Tripoli, Libya: Ghana Wins


Opponent: Libya

Result: Ghana 1-1 Libya (7-6 on penalties)

Highlight: In a closely contested final that went to penalties, Ghana emerged victorious against the host nation Libya, capturing their fourth AFCON title.

7. 1992 - Dakar, Senegal: Ghana Finishes Runner-Up

Opponent: Côte d'Ivoire


Result: Ghana 0-0 Côte d'Ivoire (10-11 on penalties)

Highlight: Ghana was part of one of the most dramatic finals in AFCON history, losing to Côte d'Ivoire in a marathon penalty shootout.

8. 2010 - Luanda, Angola: Ghana Finishes Runner-Up

Opponent: Egypt

Result: Ghana 0-1 Egypt


Highlight: A young Ghanaian team reached the final but was narrowly defeated by Egypt, showcasing the Black Stars' ability to rebuild and compete at the highest level.

9. 2015 - Bata, Equatorial Guinea: Ghana Finishes Runner-Up

Opponent: Côte d'Ivoire

Result: Ghana 0-0 Côte d'Ivoire (8-9 on penalties)

Highlight: In a repeat of the 1992 final's scenario, Ghana again faced Côte d'Ivoire and once more, the match went to penalties after a goalless draw. Ghana ended as runners-up, narrowly missing out on the title in another heart-wrenching shootout.


These finals encapsulate the highs and lows of Ghana's participation in AFCON, from their early dominance to more recent near-misses. The Black Stars' consistent presence in the final stages of the tournament underscores their status as one of Africa's premier footballing nations.


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