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The Black Stars Of Ghana; How They Have Shone In AFCON Tournaments.

Having four AFCON trophies in their cabinet, the Black Stars of Ghana would be hoping to win the most prestigious trophy in Africa for the fifth time after 37 years.

Ranked 49th in the world, the Stars would lock horns with Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and Benin in Group F of AFCON 2019.

The Black Stars have qualified for the African tournament 22 times. They hold the record as the team in most semi-finals from 2006 to 2017. Their first participation was in 1963 where they hosted the tournament and won it.

They won it again in their second participation in 1965 in Tunisia. In Mali 1968, they lost in the finals to DR Congo. They appeared in the final for the fourth successive time but lost to Sudan in 1970.

Ghana failed to qualify for the tournament from 1972 to 1976. In 1978, Ghana hosted the tournament for the second time and won it. In view of being the first country to clinch three AFCON trophies, they were given the trophy for keeps.

They were eliminated for the first time in the group stages in 1980. In 1982, Ghana won the trophy for the 4th time. That would be their last time of winning the title till date. In 1984 in Côte D’Ivoire, they were eliminated in the first round.

In 1992, Ghana lost to the host nation Senegal in the finals on penalties. In 1994 in Tunisia, they were quarter finalists. In 1996, they placed 4th. In 1998, they were knocked out in the first round. In 2000, Ghana co-hosted the tournament with Nigeria but were quarter finalists.

In 2002, they were quarter finalists but failed to qualify for the 2004 edition. In Egypt 2006, they were eliminated in the first round. In 2008, Ghana hosted the tournament but were beaten by Cameroon in the semi-finals but took the bronze medal.

In 2010, Egypt surprised them in the finals by a goal. In 2012 and 2013 they placed 4th. In 2015, Côte D’Ivoire beat Ghana on penalties in the final. In 2017, Cameroon beat Ghana in the semi-finals.

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