The Black Stars put up a sterling performance at the just ended world cup in South Africa attracting the applause of many soccer pundits in the world.
Since 1990 to date a lot of players have played for the Black Stars and have put up a sterling performance for our national team,so against this backdrop that myiconsports.com brings to you the best XI of Black Stars since 1990 IN a 4-4-2 formation.

Goalkeeper:

Richard Kingson
A lot of goalkeepers have manned the goal post for the Black Stars since 1990 and notable among them are Edward Ansah,Anthony Osei Kwadwo,Mohammed Odoom,Salifu Ansah,Nana Bennyin Crentsil,Ali Jaraah,Richard Kingson,Abukari Damba,Simon Addo just to mention a few but the one who stood tall among all these goalkeepers is Richard Kingson.
Richard Kingson began his international football in 1996 when Ghana played against Morroco in a world cup Qualifier for France 1998 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium which ended 2-2 to the disadvantage of Ghana and has since then played 82 more matches for Ghana.He was voted as an All-Star Goalkeeper during the 2008 African Cup of Nations Tournament in Ghana. The Team of the Tournament was decided by the Technical Study Group (TSG) after careful observations of all the tournament’s matches.
In 2008, he scored a goal for Ghana in a friendly – a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw against Tanzania.
As first-choice goalkeeper and team captain he was instrumental in leading Ghana to the final of the 2010 tournament, and was again selected for the all-star team along with Egypt custodian Essam El-Hadary.
He was part of the Black Star team that reached the quarter final in the just ended world cup in South Africa.He is agile and very good on one and one situation.His in ability to deal with long shots is his flaw.
DEFENDERS

FRANK AMANKWAAH
Frank Amankwah was born December 29, 1971 in Obuasi.He played for Kumasi Asante Kotoko from 1990-1996 in the Ghanaian local league where he won a lot of silver wears with the Ashanti beloved club.He sojourn to Germany to continue his playing career with FC Gütersloh from 1996-1997 and went to Holland to continue his career with AZ Alkmaar from 1997-1999 and continued with Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C of Greece from 1999-2000 and came back to Ghana to play for his mother club Kumasi Asante Kotoko from 2000-2004 before his retirement.
He made his national debut for the black stars in 1992 and continue from there to achieved 32 other caps for Ghana and scored 2 goals.
He was named in the CAF All Star Team in the African Nations Cup in Tunisia in the year 1994.Pele said “he is the best right full back in Africa” during the African cup in 1994 at Tunisia.He was affectionately called Bayereba.He has the ability to join the attack and help when his team is on the ascendancy without abounding his defensive duties couple with his good crosses and his ability also to score goals.Do you remember his goal against South Africa in a four nation tournament in South Africa? His height is his only flaw.

ISAAC ASARE
Isaac Asare born on September 1, 1974,in Kumasi, Ghana. He was a member of the Men’s National Olympic Team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
He started his football career with Cornerstones in Kumasi in 1989.He was part of the Black Starlets team of 1989 and again in 1991 when they won the U-17 WC in Italy.He was also part of the 1993 U-20 team
that won the U-20 Africa Youth tourney in Mauritius and finish second to Brazil in Australia.He played for RC Anderletch, Cercle Brugge,Dessel Sport,Lentezon Beerse all in Belgium.
He has the ability to join the attack and help when his team is on the ascendancy without abounding his defensive duties couple with his good crosses and his ability also to score goals. His height is his only flaw.
He played 44 times for his country, in which he scored 12 times.
In 1998, Isaac Asare won the Cercle Brugge Pop Poll, which is equal to a Player of the Year award in Belgium and was also named in African All Star Team after the African Nations Cup in South African in 1996

SAMUEL OSEI KUFFOUR
Samuel Osei Kuffour was on born 3 September 1976.Known for his great physical power, he is best remembered for his time with Bayern Munich, with whom he played for over a decade.
Born in Kumasi, Kuffour was brought to Europe by Torino F.C. in 1991 aged just 15, after playing junior football Fantomas and King Faisal in his native country. He joined FC Bayern Munich in 1993 from the Italian club. After a loan spell with FC Nuremberg in 1995–96 he made his breakthrough at Bayern.Kuffour spent 11 seasons with Bayern,and was an integral part of the Bayern squad that won the 2000–01 Champions League, also scoring the winning goal in the 2001 Intercontinental Cup, being subsequently named man of the match. Also in that year, he finished second in African Footballer of the Year’s voting, repeating the feat accomplished in 1999.Kuffour became the youngest defender of all-time to score in the Champions League, at the age of 18 years, 61 days during the match against FC Spartak Moscow on 2 November 1994, which ended in a 2–2 draw. Kuffour made over 60 UEFA Champions League appearances, the most by any African player ever,also being one of the most decorated African players of all time.
After eleven seasons in Munich and 175 Bundesliga appearances, Kuffour left Bayern in the summer of 2005, and signed a three-year deal with A.S. Roma in a free transfer, thus returning to Italy. He made 21 appearances in his debut season, having spent a period of the season away on international duty and, in his second year, was loaned to UEFA Cup competitor and fellow Serie A team A.S. Livorno Calcio.
On 28 January 2008, Ajax Amsterdam received Kuffour on a six-month loan contract as a free agent.
Kuffour won his first cap as a 17-year old, when Ghana played Sierra Leone on 28 November 1993. He had previously been part of every Ghanaian national team: junior, youth and Olympic level, and became the full squad’s captain at the age of 23.Kuffour also made one appearance for his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, against Italy. After a costly mistake in that first match, a 2–0 loss, he was dropped for the next three matches, as Ghana bowed out in the round-of-16 match against Brazil.
On 12 January 2007, the Confederation of African Football voted Kuffour as a member of the Top 30 African Players of All-Time.
He is good on the ground and also in the air.He is very difficult to beat on one and one situation.He is aggressive and has speed.He is very confident which sometimes make him to elaborate.

TONY BAFFOE
Tony Baffoe first played for the Black Stars in 1991, brought into the team by German coach Burkhard Ziese in an African Cup qualifier Against Benin at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Anthony Baffoe was born 25 May 1965 in Bad Godesberg, Bonn, West Germany.The much-travelled Baffoe played for clubs on four different continents. He spent the majority of his career in the German First and Second Bundesliga, starting in 1983 at FC Köln at 18 years of age before moving across the border to join French side FC Metz nearly 10 years later.
Baffoe was capped 16 times for Ghana and played at 1992 and 1994 African Cup of Nations.He is very good in the air and ground and sweeps very well at the back but sometimes struggle with pace.
MIDFIELDERS
FRIMPONG MANSO “MAYANGA”
Central midfielder is a midfield anchor who is stationed in front of the back defenders for defensive reasons, thus “holding back” the freedom of the opponents to attack. The defensive midfielder screens the defence by harrying and tackling the opposition teams’ attackers and defenders and the best people for this job is Frimpong Manso,Micheal Essien and Stanley Aborah but since the bone of contention here is the Black Stars the mantle will given to Frimpong Manso who has all the qualities said of a central midfielder.Who ever watched Ghana’s match against Nigeria in 1991 at then Kumasi SportsStadium nowBaba Yara and against the same Nigeria counterparts at Sulelele Sports Stadium will attest to this fact.When Germany beat us 6-1 in Bochom it was because Frimpong was off because of injury.Essien is good but his performance for the Black Stars is nothing compared to the performance of Mayanga for Black Stars.

YAW PREKO
Yaw Preko was born September 8, 1974 in Accra.Yaw Preko started his career at Powerlines, a small Ghanaian club, and his first European club was R.S.C. Anderlecht where he became Belgian champion three times. He played in Turkey from 1997-2004 before joining Halmstads BK in the Allsvenskan. He then left Halmstads BK in 2005 as the club didn’t renew hes contract, he signed for Saudi Arabian team Al-Ettifaq and stayed with them for almost 2 years and then signed for HAGL in the vietnames V-League, he stayed with for 1 season before leaving the club.
Yaw “RUSH” as he is affectionately called has speed as his greatest weapon and his ability to track back and help in defensive duties is laudable so that makes him the number on choice for this position.

ODARTEY LAMPTEY
Nii Odartey Lamptey was born 10 December 1974.Nii Lamptey was born in Tema, but grew up in the two biggest Ghanaian cities, Accra and Kumasi.Lamptey first began to attract global attention in 1991 he led Ghana to win the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship with the team known as the Black Starlets after playing in the 1989 version as a 15 year old. He won the FIFA Best Player of the tournament – the Golden Ball award although the competition included Argentina’s Juan Sebastian Verón and Marcelo Gallardo and Italy’s Alessandro del Piero, Lamptey’s star shone more brilliantly than them all, as he dominated everyone in the competition. He was subsequently touted as the next Pelé; by Pelé himself. He scored four goals in that tournament.
Lamptey has the ability to hold on to the ball and take on defenders.His fast feet ,speed of thought, and clever interplay and his ability to add goal to his talent makes him miles ahead of his competitors in this position.
At just 16 years, Nii Lamptey scored on his senior debut International for Ghana in a 1992 African Cup of Nations Qualifying home match against Togo in the 43rd minute. Ghana won the match 2-0.
He became a regular International and his superb performances earned him a starting spot in the ‘’Black Stars’’, forming a potent attacking force together with team captain Abedi Pele and Super striker Tony Yeboah. Ghana lost the final of the 1992 African Cup of Nations to Ivory Coast on a marathon penalty shoot-out in Senegal, a game the mercurial Lamptey started at just 17 years. He continued to blossom at senior International level at such a young age, playing any and every Ghana International game since then.
His international career with Ghana dried up after he was sent off in the 1996 African Cup of Nations Semi-final game against South Africa on 31 January 1996. The Black Stars finished fourth, after losing to Zambia in the 3rd Place play-off game without the suspended Lamptey.
Lamptey did not play for Ghana again after they lost 8-2 to Brazil in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil, 27 March 1996 in a Pre-1996 Summer Olympics friendly match.
He played 38 times for Ghana andscored 8 goals.

C.K.AKONNOR
Charles Kwabla Akonnor was born 12 March 1974 in Accra.Akonnor first came to Germany in 1992, along with friend and national teammate Samuel Kuffour. Having played for six years with Fortuna Köln (all in the second division), he switched in 1998 to VfL Wolfsburg.
At Wolfsburg, Akonnor quickly developed as a resourceful player and one of the teams’ most important elements and, in 2001–02, was given team captaincy. However, at the start of the following season he was injured (a knee problem which required an operation in 2003), prompting a January 2004 move to SpVgg Unterhaching, in a second-level return.
In 2005 Akonnor moved to Denmark to play with AC Horsens, playing an important part in the team’s consolidation in the Danish first division, where they had just arrived in the previous season. He played one final season in Cyprus’ top flight, with Alki Larnaca FC. In Summer 2008 left Cyprus and moved to Germany based club SC Langenhagen in the Oberliga Niedersachenliga-West. He played there until 18 February 2009 when he announced the end of his career.
A holder of 51 international caps, Akonnor was named captain of the Black Stars following Abedi Pelé’s retirement.
He is very skillfull and has a a good shooting ability as his trademark.
A holder of 51 international caps, Akonnor was named captain of the Black Stars following Abedi Pelé’s retirement.Ghanaians will remeber his goals against Ivory Coast in ANC in Tunisia and his strike against Guinea in the same tournament.
STRIKERS

TONY YEBOAH
Anthony “Tony” Yeboah was born 6 June 1966 in Kumasi.He is most noted for his time at European clubs 1. FC Saarbrücken, Eintracht Frankfurt, Leeds United and Hamburger SV during the 1990s.
After spending his youth in Kumasi, Yeboah joined German club 1. FC Saarbrücken in 1988. This move was of some historical significance, because Yeboah became only the second black player to appear in the Bundesliga, only pre-dated by fellow Ghanaian Anthony Baffoe who had been born and raised in Germany. This was a time where the Bundesliga was dominated by Caucasian players (in fact, many squads were all-German, except for one or two European foreigners).In Germany,Yeboah played 65 times for Saarbrücken and scored 26 goals and also played 123 times for Eintracht Frankfurtand scoreed 68 goals for them.From Germany Yeboah went to England and played for Leeds United for a price of £3.4 million and scored a total of 33 goals for Leeds United in 62 appearances, and is still revered as a cult hero for the Yorkshire club. . He is famous in the United Kingdom for scoring many remarkable goals in a short period for Leeds United. His volley against Liverpool and his strike versus Wimbledon in the 1995–96 season were amongst his notable goals and he was a regular feature in Goal of the Month in the Premiership at a time when the Georgian midfielder Georgi Kinkladze of Manchester City F.C. and Matt Le Tissier of Southampton F.C. also gained a reputation for scoring world class goals in the competition. The goal against Wimbledon was also awarded Goal of the Season in 1995–96. While at Leeds, the speed of one of his shots was unofficially measured at 96 mph, making his shots faster than Leeds legend Peter Lorimer. In his first season (1995-96) at Elland Road he was voted as the club’s first-ever non-British Player of the Year
Yeboah left German club Hamburger SV in 2001, in order to join Al Ittihad Doha in Qatar, where he played under Austrian coach Josef Hickersberger.
Yeboah scored 29 goals in 59 appearances for Ghana, the second highest goalscoring total in the nation’s history behind Abedi Ayew Pele.
His goal scoring prowess, strength and thunderbolt of shots make him more than eligible for this position.
ABEDI PELE
Abedi Ayew, known professionally as Abedi Pele was born 5 November Having been given the nickname “Pelé” in recognition of his superior ability that evoked comparisons to Brazilian great Pelé, he found fame in France’s Ligue 1 with Lille OSC and Olympique Marseille and was named African Footballer of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He was named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.
Abedi Pele was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe. One of the first great African players to make an impact on European club football, he played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France where he was very instrumental in Marseille’s prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s. Amongst his international accolades, he was often included in FIFA “All-star” selections and captained the African all-stars in their victory over their European counterparts in the Meridian Cup of 1997.
He left Ghana for Qatar after the 1982 African Cup of Nations. After a short spell with F.C. Zürich in Switzerland he returned to Ghana but, after both Kotoko and Hearts of Oak failed to sign him, joined AS Dragons FC de l’Ouémé of Benin. He would later return to Ghana and play for Real Tamale United for a season. He started his European career in France with Chamois Niort, then Montpellier and Lille, before he moved to Olympique Marseille. He later joined Lyon. He also played for Torino of Italy, where he won the Best Foreign Player in Serie A, before finishing his European sojourn with 1860 Munich.
Abedi Pele went on to sign a 2 year contract with Al Ain Club in the United Arab Emirates and was nominated as one of the best foreign players to play in the UAE league.
He was the captain of Ghana’s national football team for 6 years (1992–1998) and was one of the first African football players to finish highly in FIFA World Player of the Year lists in 1991 and 1992. He is arguably Africa’s most decorated and honored football player ever, winning the France Football Magazine African player of the year award 3 times, the BBC sports person of the year, and the Confederation of African Football version twice. He was also awarded the golden ball award for being the best player at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and was the “man of the match” in Marseille’s historic European Champions League final win over Milan in 1993.
Abedi Pele played for Ghana 73 times and is considered the greatest football player in his country’s history, and among the best in Africa. He is the top goal scorer for Ghana’s Black Stars in its 50 year footballing history with 33 goals. He was a fixture in the African Championships of the 1980s and 90s with his national team, and a member of Ghana’s victorious team in the 1982 African Cup of Nations.
His tenacity to hold on to the ball and take on defenders coupled with sheer strength,and scoring of goals makes him the right person for this position.His weakness is that he sometimes hold on to the ball for too long.

Richard Kingson

Frank Amankwaah Osei Kuffour, Tony Baffoe, Isaac Asare

Yaw Preko Frimpong nnorManso Odartey Lamptey C.K.Akonnor

Tony Yeboah Abedi “Pele” Ayew