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Famous Athletes from Ghana

Updated June 14, 2019 15.2k views475 items

List of famous athletes from Ghana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ghana has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Ghanaian athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Ghana and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Ghana then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List includes Prince Koranteng Amoako, Margaret Simpson and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Ghanaian athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Ghana?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Ghana in order to get more information about each one.
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  • 1
    Azumah Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Azumah Nelson (born 19 July 1958) is a Ghanaian former professional boxer. Widely considered... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Samuel Kuffour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Samuel Kuffour

    Asante Kotoko

    BirthplaceKumasi, Ghana

    NationalityGermany,Ghana

    PositionDefender

    Samuel Osei Kuffour (born 3 September 1976) is a Ghanaian retired professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Vida Anim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Vida Anim (born 7 December 1983 in Accra, Greater Accra) is a Ghanaian sprinter who... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Michael Mensah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Michael Mensah

    Syrianska FC

    BirthplaceGhana

    NationalitySierra Leone,Ghana,The Gambia

    Michael Mensah (born July 5, 1981) is a Ghanaian football striker.
  • 5
    Ibrahim Dossey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Ibrahim Dossey (24 November 1972 in Accra – 9 December 2008 in Bucharest) was a Ghanaian... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Freddy Adu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Freddy Adu

    Philadelphia Union

    BirthplaceTema, Ghana

    NationalityUnited States of America,Ghana

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu (born June 2, 1989) is an American soccer player who plays... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Kwame Ayew is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Kwame Ayew

    Vitória FC

    BirthplaceTamale, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

    PositionForward

    Kwame Ayew (born 28 December 1973) is a Ghanaian retired footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Yaw Preko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Yaw Preko

    Hoang Anh Gia Lai

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

    PositionForward

    Yaw Preko (born 8 September 1974 in Accra) is a former football striker from Ghana. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Nii Lamptey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Nii Odartey Lamptey (born 10 December 1974) is a former Ghanaian professional footballer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Gerald Asamoah is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Gerald Asamoah

    Hannover 96

    BirthplaceMampong, Ghana

    NationalityGermany,Ghana

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Gerald Asamoah (German pronunciation: [ˈgeːʁalt ʔazaˈmoː.aː]; born 3 October 1978) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Asamoah Gyan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Asamoah Gyan

    Ghana national football team

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

    PositionForward

    Asamoah Gyan ( ass-ə-MOH-ə JAHN; born 22 November 1985) is a Ghanaian professional footballer ... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Mohammed Gargo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

    PositionDefender

    Mohammed Gargo (born 19 June 1975) is a former Ghanaian footballer.
  • 13
    Alex Nyarko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Alexander Nyarko (born 15 October 1973) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    George Boateng is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    George Boateng

    Hull City A.F.C.

    BirthplaceNkawkaw, Ghana

    NationalityNetherlands,Ghana

    PositionMidfielder

    George Boateng (born 5 September 1975) is a former Dutch footballer who is of Ghanaian... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Maxwell Konadu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Maxwell Konadu (born 4 December 1972) is a football coach and a retired Ghana international... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Hans Sarpei is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Hans Sarpei

    Bayer Leverkusen

    BirthplaceTema, Ghana

    NationalityGermany,Ghana

    PositionDefender

    Hans Adu Sarpei (born 28 June 1976) is a retired Ghanaian-German footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Alexander Tettey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Alexander Tettey

    Rosenborg B.K.

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGhana, Norway

    PositionMidfielder

    Alexander Banor Tettey (born 4 April 1986) is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Marcel Desailly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Marcel Desailly (born Odenke Abbey, French pronunciation: ​[maʁsɛl dəsɑji]; born 7 September... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Anthony Mensah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Anthony Mensah (born 31 October 1972 in Kumasi) was a Ghanaian football goalkeeper.
  • 20
    John Paintsil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    John Paintsil

    Fulham F.C.

    BirthplaceBerekum, Ghana

    NationalityGhana

    PositionDefender, Midfielder

    John Paintsil (born 15 June 1981) is a retired Ghanaian professional footballer who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Junior Agogo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Junior Agogo

    Apollon Limassol

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityEngland,Ghana

    PositionForward

    Manuel "Junior" Agogo (1 August 1979 – 22 August 2019) was a Ghanaian professional footballer... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Isaac Asare is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Isaac Asare (born 1 September 1974 in Kumasi, Ghana) is a football player from Ghana, who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Godwin Antwi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Godwin Antwi

    Liverpool F.C.

    BirthplaceKumasi, Ghana

    NationalitySpain,Ghana

    PositionDefender

    Godwin Antwi Birago (born 7 June 1988) is a professional footballer who can play at either... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Malik Buari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana
    Malik Buari (born 21 January 1984) is a former professioanl football midfielder and left-sided... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Charles Akonnor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Ghana

    Charles Akonnor

    Alki Larnaca FC

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityGermany,Ghana

    PositionMidfielder

    Charles Kwablan Akunnor (born 12 March 1974 in Accra) is a former Ghanaian international... more on Wikipedia
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