Goal Ghana takes a look at Ghana's five all-time youngest debutants in the Black Stars and also the five oldest
Goal Ghana’s Edmund Okai Gyimah takes a look at Ghana's five all-time youngest debutants in the Black Stars and also the five oldest debutants in the history of the country’s senior national team.
|Asamoah Gyan - 17 years, 362 days|
Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan made his senior national team debut against Somalia in a World Cup qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on November 19, 2003. Gyan replaced Isaac Boakye and was able to hit the back of the net as the four-time African champions humiliated the east Africans 5-0.
|Sulley Muntari – 17 years, 274 days|
After excelling in the Fifa world Under-20 championship in Argentina where he operated as a left-back, the then Udinese fresh signing was given a call-up by Fred Osam Duodu into the Black Stars for a friendly against Slovenia on May 17, 2002. Muntari did not disappoint as he put up a fine performance. The AC Milan midfielder’s next call-up came when Ghana played Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou in June 2004.
|Andre Ayew - 17 years, 216 days|
The son of the Maestro Abedi Pele was on the radar of Les Blues as the French senior national team were eager to cap him at senior level. Coach Claude Le Roy's eagle eye caught Andre Ayew and he invited him for a friendly against Senegal on August 21, 2006 where he did excel. From there on, he has been one of the key players in the team's setup.
|Samuel Osei Kuffour - 17 years, 86 days|
Kuffour had been an integral part of both the 1991 and 1993 Black Satellites team where he showed so much promise guiding the rear.
With the likes of Kwesi Appiah, Frimpong Manso, Emmanuel Armah and others on their way out, Kuffour was given a surprised call-up when Ghana played Sierra Leone on November 28, 2003. The former Torino and Bayer Munich centre-back rose to become one of the best defenders Ghana have ever seen.
|Stephen Appiah - 16 years|
Stephen Appiah's case is very significant as he made his Black Stars debut the very day he celebrated his 16th birthday on December 24, 1996. The Ghana legend who also rose to become the captain of the Black Stars made his debut when Ghana played Benin in a four nations tournament in Cotonou. Appiah replaced then skipper Abedi Pele in the 80th minute after Ghana had taken a commanding 2-0 lead.
Part two of oldest debutants comes up on Friday