HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN GHANA
It is on record that the game of football was introduced into the Gold Coast towards the close of the 19th century by merchants from Europe. The sailors at their leisure times played football among themselves and sometimes with a select side of the indigenous people.
The popularity of the game spread like wild fire within a short time along the coast culminating in the formation of the first football club, Excelsior, in 1903 by Mr. Briton, a Jamaican-born British, who was then Head Teacher of Philip Quaicoe Government Boys School in Cape Coast. As the popularity of the game grew, other clubs along the coast, namely: Accra Hearts of Oak, Kumasi Asante Kotoko Cape Coast Venomous Vipers, Cape Coast Mysterious Dwarfs, Sekondi Hasaacas FC and Sekondi Eleven Wise all amateur clubs were formed.
Football Revolution (1957) In 1957, Kwame Nkrumah, the first prime minister of an independent African nation, thought that if he sent his message of a united Africa through football, then it would help not only the independence of Ghana, but the independence of Africa as a whole. The die was cast; Football Administration was given a new lease. Mr. Ohene Djan was elected General Secretary of the Association by the clubs. The Ghana Amateur Football Association was officially founded. Forward looking and dynamic as he was, he affiliated the Association to CAF and FIFA in 1958, in the same year respectively.
He was instrumental in getting a Pharmaceutical Firm Merrs R.R. Harding and Company to sponsor the first FA cup competition among eight clubs. In the same year he succeeded in securing the services of an ex-patriate Coach, Mr. George Ainsley for the National Team.
Then in 1959, he succeeded again in organising the first National league before Ghana became a Republic on 1 July 1960. Until he was removed from power by a coup in 1966, Nkrumah used football as a tool to depict how strong Africa and Ghana could be. The sport became well supported and this led to Ghana becoming one of the most powerful footballing nations in Africa.