Pulse Sports looks back on some of the best five international bows in a Black Stars shirt.
As the Black Stars gear up for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda on Saturday, Pulse Sports looks back on some of the best five international bows for the past 25 years in a Black Stars shirt.
1. Isaac Boakye (Zimbabwe vs Ghana)
When Ghana gave Boakye his first cap on 3 June 2001, he sent Zimbabwe into mourning by scoring an injury time winning goal to knock "the Warriors" out of qualification for 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali. That late goal sent Zimababwean commentator Charles Mabika crying for a long spell during live commentary on BBC Fast Track programme. This later became a subject of international discussion.
2. Haminu Draman (Ghana vs USA)
Draman was 19 when he had his debut International for Ghana in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on 14 November 2005. He therefore made his debut for the Black Stars in a competitive game against the United States at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Draman played well and even scored in Ghana's 2-1 victory over Bruce Arena's side.
3. Asamoah Gyan (Ghana vs Somalia)
Gyan won his first Ghana cap in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifieragainst Somalia at the Accra sports stadium on 19th November 2003. Aged just 17, Gyan came on for Isaac Boakye in the 62nd minute, and scored in the 90th minute as the Black Stars annihiliated the Somalis 5-0. This made Gyan the youngest ever player to score for Ghana.
4. Christian Atsu (Ghana vs Lesotho)
Atsu won his first senior cap for Ghana on 1 June 2012 against Lesotho, scoring in the process. He was described by the BBC as an "excellent prospect", whilst ESPN added he was "quick and technically impressive", and a potential future star for his national team.
5. Anthony Annan (Brazil vs Ghana)
Just 21 when Annan made his Ghana debut for the Black Stars, and it came it came up against Brazil on 27 March 2007 at the Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden when Ghana lost 0–1. It was an assured display by Annan, as he matched Brazil's Gilberto Silva and Kaka boot for boot in the middle of the park. Coach Claude Le Roy was pleased with his performance and praised the player’s confidence and ability.