Who are the most capped Black Stars footballers in history? That is the question this post sought to answer. So without much ado, let me reel out the list of the top ten most capped football players that have played for Ghana’s senior national team all-time.
Most Capped Ghana Players
10 Kwadwo Asamoah – (74 Caps): 2008–2019
Asamoah was deployed as a left midfielder, left-back and a central midfielder during his time with the Black Stars squad. He represented Ghana in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and also appeared at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. In all of this, he scored four goals in 74 caps for Ghana till he retired in 2019. He was CAF’s Most Promising African Player in 2010 and won the Ghana Player of the Year award twice in 2012 and 2013. Bloomberg also ranked him as the 27th best footballer in the world in 2013.
9 Jordan Ayew – (76 Caps): 2009–present
Ayew is one of Abedi Pele’s sons and they seem to have more caps than their father. His first cap for Ghana was on the 5th of September 2010 in an AFCON Qualification match win against Swaziland. Jordan has been to five African Cup of Nations (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 & 2022). Since he is still playing for Ghana, who knows, he may be at the next AFCON edition. So far, he’s made it to just one FIFA World Cup in 2014.
8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu – (78 Caps): 2008–2017
The Midfielder had one of his goals nominated for FIFA’s global Goal of the Year award, the FIFA Puskás Award in 2012. Emmanuel’s first international cap for the Black Stars was on the 22nd of May 2008. Before he retired in 2017, he earned up to 78 caps and 11 goals while he represented Ghana in 5 African Cup of Nations (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, & 2017). He too appeared in one FIFA World Cup in 2014.
7 John Mensah – (81 Caps): 2001–2012
Mensah, who succeeded Stephen Appiah as captain of the Black Stars, got his first cap on the 5th of December 2001 against Algeria. He earned 81 caps and scored three times during his playing days for Ghana. He went to 5 African Cup of Nations for his country (2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, & 2012). He was privileged to attend two FIFA World Cups in 2006 and 2010 before hanging his boot.
6 Sulley Muntari – (84): 2002–2014
Muntari has a “record” of being the youngest international player to retire in 2004 for disciplinary reasons. Two years later, he was however reinstated to the 2006 Black Stars squad after he made a public apology to the Ghana Football Association (GFA). To garner the 84 caps and 20 goals he had, Muntari represented Ghana in two African Cup of Nations (2008 & 2012) and featured in World Cups (2006, 2010 & 2014).
5 Harrison Afful – (86): 2008–2018
Afful is one of the most capped Black Stars footballers that got his first international cap for Ghana at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. By the end of his career with the Black Stars, he had amassed 86 caps but had no goal to show for it. There was a time in his career, Afful did not earn a single cap for nearly two years, i.e. between the 2010 World Cup and 2012. He appeared in five African Cup of Nations for Ghana (2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, & 2017) and played at the 2014 World Cup too. Afful won the Ghana Player of the Year (2015) and was also named in the Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament in 2015.
4 John Paintsil – (91): 2001–2013
This is one player who had a variation of his name appearing on his jerseys, Panstil and Paintsil. It was at birth that his family name was erroneously registered as Pantsil. The full-back earned 91 caps for the Black Stars but without a goal. He featured in five African Cup of Nations (2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, & 2013) and two World Cups (2006 & 2010) to amass those caps.
3 Richard Kingson – (93): 1996–2011
Also known by his Turkish name Faruk Gürsoy, the goalkeeper was Black Stars’ first-choice in his days and so was able to earn 93 international caps for his country and was able to put in one goal in 2018 as a late equalizer during a friendly against Tanzania. Kingson was in goal for Ghana in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008 & 2010 African Cup of Nations. He also appeared at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups for his country.
2 André Ayew – (103): 2007–present
The Black Stars’ current captain still stands a chance of increasing the tally on his 103 caps before he hangs his boot. Who knows, he may probably surpass the current most capped football player in Ghana, Asamoah Gyan. Ayew also has 23 goals to his name for his country. The Winger has played in more African Cup of Nations than any Black Stars player (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, & 2022), that’s a record seven times. He was also at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
1 Asamoah Gyan – (109): 2003–2019
Gyan is not only the most capped Black Stars player with 109 caps but also Ghana’s all-time leading goalscorer with 51 goals. He is also Africa’s top goalscorer in the history of the World Cup. He is another Ghanian player to have been to seven AFCONs (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019). He also graced the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups for Ghana. No wonder he is not just one of the most capped Black Stars footballers but the number one most capped footballer for Ghana!