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How The Senior National Football Team Of Ghana Got The Name Black Stars

Hon. Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor the member of parliament for the South Dayi constituency has revealed how the name for the men national football team of Ghana, the Black Stars came about.

According to Hon. Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who was the first president of the Republic of Ghana, had his inspiration to choose the name Black Stars for the men senior national football team of Ghana after a football team in Peki in the Volta Region.

He also went on to affirm the fact that, the team had its nickname the Black Stars after the Black Star of Africa in the flag of Ghana.

Despite this revelation, Hon. Dafeamekpor shared a different account as to on how the first president of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah got the nickname for the Ghana national team.

“The name Black Stars was adopted from a football team which was located in Peki. Nkrumah had gone there to visit his friend in the 50s,” Hon. Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor said on TV3.

“When Nkrumah got to Peki, they had Peki Black Stars. It was a team in Avetime so he adopted the name.”

“There are historical accounts, the name of the football club. It’s a known fact in Peki. It appears that we haven’t made the effort to amplify it enough that the Black Stars Nkurmah adopted if from Peki Black Stars."

Hon. Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor said that, “So anytime he visited . they played community games. Nkrumah visited (one time) and the name was fascinating, Peki Black Stars, so he took it and adopted it for the Black Stars.” 

Ghana senior national team the Black Stars have won the FIFA Africa Cup of Nations on four different occasions thats in 1965, 1968, 1978 and 1982.

The Ghanaian Senior national team the Black Stars will be making their fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup to be played in Qatar this year.

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