Goal.com Ghana takes a look at the whereabouts of the players who made up Ghana’s first World Cup squad, their contributions and where they are now starting with the goalkeepers
Memorable contribution: Stalwart in qualification for World Cup 2006 missing only one match.
Current status: Playing active football for Accra Hearts of Oak.
The current Hearts of Oak shot-stopper was an integral part of the side that made it to Ghana’s first World Cup in 2006. Adjei was the nation’s safest pair of hands throughout the tournament but lost his position to Richard Kingson in the warm-up games failing to make a single appearance in the tournament. After two years of playing second fiddle to Kingson, however, the player announced his retirement from the national team after the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, but rescinded his decision in October 2010. Since then he has been in and out of the national side and though he put in some good performances over the course of the season still remains behind Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda, Ernest Sowah and Daniel Adjei in the pecking order.
Memorable contribution: Clean sheet in decider versus South Africa
Current status: contracted to Ebusua Dwarfs
George Owu was the formidable backup to Sammy Adjei in the qualifiers and proved his worth while keeping a clean sheet in the one match which Adjei missed. A 2-0 away win over South Africa which all but qualified the Black Stars for the tournament in Germany. He also played a part in the second-leg of the playoff stage of the qualifiers making way for Adjei at the start of the second half. Owu like Adjei never actually made it onto the field in the tournament but was present in the qualifying stages. Owu’s position with the national team has always been as a solid backup to the current keeper culminating in him making just nine appearances for the four-time Africa champions. He is currently contracted to a lower division side Sekondi Eleven Wise after leaving Premier League side Ebusua Dwarfs.
|RICHARD 'OLELE' KINGSON
Memorable contribution: Rated one of the best goalkeepers at World Cup 2006 by FIFA technical team
Current status: Inactive
Ghana’s first-choice keeper for the World Cup, Kingson was called-up for the team after the qualification had been secured managing to oust then top dog Sammy Adjei from the number one spot with good displays in the warm-up games. He kept post for all the matches at the global fiesta producing some memorable saves as Ghana managed to reach the Round of 16 in the tournament. He was also present in the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cups as well as the 2010 World Cup. He lost his place in the squad due to inactiveness and failed to make the squad for Afcon 2012. Kingson is currently inactive after spells in England with Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool.