Malik Jabir recounts Black Stars day of shame: Bulgaria 10-0 Ghana

On October 2, 1968 which is exactly 52 years today the Black Stars of Ghana were thrashed 10-0 by Bulgaria and it is the West African football powerhouse worst defeat.

Malik Jabir recounts Black Stars day of shame  Bulgaria 10-0 Ghana

Malik Jabir who was a key member of the Black Stars recounts how it happened.

“I quite remember that we had arrived at our base in Mexico which is Leon for the 1968 Summer Olympics,” he told

“We played against the Bulgarian and the results was bad. The reason was that the coach paraded a week side for the game. We were set for the Olympics and the coach didn’t want to risk it and in order to avoid injuries, he raised fringe players.


“Also we were yet to adapt since we arrived a few days before the game.

He added that Ghana had a good tournament when the Olympics started.

“We drew against Israel in our first game and held champion Hungary to a 2-2 draw. We were the only team that Hungary couldn’t beat in the tournament, because they went all the way to the final and they defended the title".

It would be recalled that during the game the Bulgarians scored through Nikodimov, Yanchovski, Gionin, Mihaylov, Zhekov 2x and Vasilev who bagged four goals.

Ghana’s 18-man team for the tournament:


Robert Mensah

Akuamoah Boateng

John Eshun

Charles Addo Odametey

Ibrahim Sunday


Osei Kofi

Cecil Jones Attuquayefio

George Alhassan

Amosa Gbadamosi

Sammy Sampene


Abukari Gariba

Jon Bortey Noawy

Joseph Wilson

Malik Jabir

Oliver Acquah


Jonathan Kpakpo

Robert Foley

John Botchway

Coach was Karl-Heinz Marotzke from Germany.


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