REVEALED: Kwasi Owusu is the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars, not Gyan

Asamoah Gyan as revealed by the research of Thomas Freeman Yeboah is not the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars

Asamoah Gyan as revealed by the research of Thomas Freeman Yeboah is not the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars

Ex Ghana captain Kwasi Owusu has been credited as the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars and not Asamoah Gyan.

This follows days of heated debate as to whether Gyan’s 34th goal scored in last Friday’s 3-1 win over Sudan and surpassed Abedi Pele’s total goal haul of 33 was indeed the all-time record for the Black Stars.

Though available records at FIFA and the Ghana FA puts the Al Ain hitman as the current holder of the record of all-time leading scorer, renowned researcher Thomas Freeman Yeboah in his latest work concludes Kwasi Owusu as the ‘real’ all-time leading scorer of the side with 36 goals.

The Metro FM journalist took into consideration the 23 games played by the former Bofoakwa United striker between 1975 – 1977 where Owusu was captain of the Black Stars.

Freeman in his work has excluded games Ghana played against club sides and crucially three goals of the former Ghana captain that was wiped off for a World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in 1973 that was abandoned and later a victory handed to Ghana– otherwise Owusu’s goal tally would have been far in excess of 36.

Below is a breakdown of the games Kwasi Owusu scored in to arrive at a total of 36 international goals.

14/12/1975 Ghana 6-2 Guinea: Kwasi Owusu 3 goals – Olympic Games Qualifer

31/08/1975 Ghana 3-0 Nigeria: Kwasi Owusu pen, Nigeria/Ghana Festival

24/08/1975 Ghana 1-2 Nigeria: Kwasi Owusu, Nigeria/Ghana Festival

27/04/1975 Ghana 4-0 Mali: Kwasi Owusu – Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

20/04/1975 Liberia 1-4 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu 2 goals Olympic Games qualifier

13/04/1975 Mali 3-1 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

06/04/1975 Ghana 6-0 Liberia: Kwasi Owusu 2 goals, Olympic Games qualifier

17/08/1974 Nigeria 0-1Ghana: Kwasi Owusu, Nigeria/Ghana Festival

10/02/1973 Nigeria 2-3 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu 3 goals World Cup qualifier (FIFA 2-0 awarded). Match abandoned. *Not added to goal tally.

14/01/1973 Guinea 2-1 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu , African Games Sf

10/01/1973 Tanzania 0-1 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu, African Games Rd 1

08/01/1973    Nigeria 4-2 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu, African Games Rd 1

02/07/1972 Ghana 5-1 Dahomey, Kwasi Owusu- World Cup qualifier

18/06/1972 Dahomey 0-5 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu 2 goals – World Cup Qualifier

30/04/1972 Cameroon 0-3 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu – Olympic Games Qualifier

02/05/1971 Ivory Coast 2-6 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu 2 goals – Friendly

07/02/1971 Ghana 2-1 Sierra Leone: Kwasi Owusu – Friendly

19/04/1970 Ghana 1-1 Ivory Coast: Kwasi Owusu – Friendly

15/04/1970 Ghana 3-0 Ivory Coast: Kwasi Owusu – Friendly

11/02/1970 Ghana 1-1 Guinea: Kwasi Owusu – AFRICA Rd 1

07/02/1970 Zaire 0-2 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu 2 goals – AFRICA Rd 1

21/09/1969 Niger 1-9 Ghana: Kwasi Owusu 4 goals – Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

17/08/1969 Ghana 6-0 Niger: Kwasi Owusu 5 goals – Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

This revelation thus puts Asamoah Gyan just two-goals shy of becoming the ‘true’ all-time scorer of the Black Stars.

This however can easily be achieved by the 27-year-old who barring injuries and other extraneous factors is still a long way from international retirement.

Freeman’s work also revealed a list of the first seven top scorers for the Black Stars.

(1)  Kwasi Owusu: 36 goals.

(2) Asamoah Gyan:  He has scored 34 goals; all recorded recorded in the archives.

(3) Edward Acquah:  scored thirty (30) goals as recorded in the archives,  but four of the goals had no scorers in the archives.(4) Wilberforce Kwadwo Mfum scored 24 goals as recorded in the archives, but there are about 5 goals without the scorers being recorded in the archives during the period Mfum played for Ghana.



(5) Osei Kofi scored a total of 21 goals as recorded in the archives, but there are about 7 goals without the scorers recorded in the archives during the period Osei played for Ghana.


(6) Abedi Pele scored a total of 19 goals as recorded in the archives, but there are about 7 goals without the scorers recorded in the archives during the period Abedi Pele played for Ghana and Sulley Muntari also on 19 goals.


(7) Tony Yeboah scored a total of 18 goals as recorded in the archives, but there are about 5 goals without the scorers recorded in the archives during the period Tony Yeboah played for Ghana.

Thomas Freeman Yeboah is a renowned Ghanaian sports researcher credited for putting some of the vital erratic errors in Ghana sports right.

Some of his renowned work was when he revealed John Mensah was to be attributed with Ghana’s 100th goal at the Nations Cup when it had initially been handed to Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

He is also credited with putting the facts right as to the number of total league titles won by Asante Kotoko – it was initially captured that Kotoko had won 22 league crowns when in fact it was 21.


  1. Tontom says:

    May I point out to the so called renowned football researcher – Thomas Freeman Yeboah that the Black Stars is not Ghana’s Olympic Team but rather the Black Meteors, hence goals scored by Kwasi Owusu in Olympic games qualifiers can not be counted as goals scored for the Black Stars. He should revise his notes.

  2. lalasu says:

    34 is not far from 36. Gyan has not stopped playing n he will certainly break that record very soon, may even be before or after Ghana has met Zambia.

  3. Olu says:

    Gyan will surpass that record,so no hard feelings

  4. Kwame says:

    Thank you very much Freeman Yeboah, this is what i challenged for yesterday and am glad you have responded to my challenge. This is a well researched piece and i must say you deserve accolades for the work done. With such a piece if anyone want to challenge you he or she must come with a prove. AG therefore still has work to do but he must be credited for attempting to break an age old record. Let me also add that you could have done all of us good if you had come up with such a piece long ago when abedi’s name was being budded around as our top scoreer years ago but all the same better late than never. What has abedi got to say abt this cos he new he had not scored 33goals and yet silently was enjoying an un ern accollade.

  5. Nana B says:

    hahahahahaha The Researcher should check his records well 1973 world Cup qualifier against Nigeria was abandoned, how then thus he credit scores to him. Anomalies galore……..

  6. mojahadine says:

    Asamoah Gyan may have scored 34 goals but cannot be anywhere near the talent of any of the players listed above. Any average player put in the right situations can score lots of goals. Scoring many goals doesn’t equate to being good. If we all pay enough attention, we shall see that the mouths that he has been feeding at the GFA are all in conspiracy to make him the Black Star top goal scorer, even when he wasn’t supposed to be called to the national team they did. With his level of skills at this time he should never be in the Black Stars nor anywhere near a captain-ship but as we all know we are dealing with destitutes at the GFA so they will do anything for a buck.

    So what is the big deal here, the big deal is the guy goes so many important matches for the national team, becomes a flop, doesn’t score goals, he scored just two goals against a weak Sudan team, all of a sudden the hype machine are in full force making him look like he is the best thing that ever happened to the Black Stars since kenkey, fried fish and shito. GIVE ME A BREAK.

  7. Kofi says:

    EEII Ghana, After Asamoah Gyan made history by FIFA records, researchers and historians have emerged to challenge it after Abedi Pele has enjoyed this accolade for all these years.
    Anyway 7 Olympic qualifier goals made our former Captain Kwesi Owusu all time scorer by our researcher’s records.I agree that the Olympic games matches in those days are played by the senior National Team so those goals can be credited to him.
    What about the abandoned match Ghana played against Nigeria in 1973 which FIFA cancelled and later awarded Ghana a 2-0 win, how come the researcher credited Kwesi Owusu with the 3 goals he scored.
    This proves that there are more questions to be answered by the researcher.
    Anyway i have a firm believe that Asamoah Gyan will break the inaccurate record of our former captain Kwesi Owusu from the records provided by our researcher and other researcher’s and historians will emerge.

  8. Dr Who says:

    A check I made at wikipedia indicates Sulley Muntari has scored 19 goals for the Black Stars.Mr Freeman organise your top 8 chart well and come back again!

  9. Daco says:

    so where was this historian/statistician when Abedi was cliamed to be the top scorer. why didn’t he challenge

  10. KiSy says:

    Dr who,u are right. Muntari has scored 19 goals but is not on the list. Am beginning to doubt this research.

    • Al says:

      Did you read this part of the article:
      (6) Abedi Pele scored a total of 19 goals as recorded in the archives, but there are about 7 goals without the scorers recorded in the archives during the period Abedi Pele played for Ghana and Sulley Muntari also on 19 goals.

  11. julius says:

    this guy is really very good with research, i just admire guys like that. he will go very far if he continues

  12. Matt says:

    Another says its George Darko who has 169 in da 70s. A book written by Ohene Gyan clearly shows its true

  13. tbdarko says:

    U guys went through all of this to say the record is 36? twwwwwwww I even thought you will say 50 kraa…lol Don’t worry Baby Jet, u will surely break this record :-)

  14. DDJ says:

    Good work done. But could you please provide info on goals scored by C.K. Gyamfi and Amusa Gbadamoshi(PELE). I also believe that if you give a list of matches where there were no scorers recorded some forumers might be able to come up with what they remember. It may be goalers draw or whatever. Let others help you achieve your goal. It is exciting. We may probably need records of goals scored reaching double figures i.e. 10+

  15. Sam Praise says:

    Well all hail the new Ghana goal king Asamoah Gyan, he will equal that record on sunday and will surpass it with the zambia match hahahahahahahahhaha!

  16. gandy osei says:

    i dont know why some Ghanaians hate this guy after all what he has done for Ghana still people hate him is unfair. but the way his just 27 and am sure he is gona score more goals for Ghana go asamoah

  17. Sam says:

    If muntary got 19 goals then what about Steven appiah,his first game for black stars in 98 against Cameroon,he scored and I believe he has scored in almost every game he played, I’m sure h will have more goals than muntary, do research on that as well.

  18. Gooner says:

    @Dr who, sulley Muntari’s goal against sudan was credited as an own goal. @Nana B , Kofi the researcher did not add those 3 goals against nigeria do the math before commenting. GBC wd have had all these records had it not been for the fire outbreak. GFA or Sports ministry kept no records during that time n CAF too. Inefficient ppl

  19. kuukuphilly says:

    This is bull shit news.we r trying 2 qualify for the world cup and u people r worried about top scorer.who gives a Fuck.

  20. bawah says:

    stop all these worries: let’s qualify first and pray that gyan may not miss important goals henceforth.thou shall not miss penalties!AMEN!

  21. The Great says:

    Are u people serious or no.r.mal? And u are even shameless to say 36 goals. In Zambia about 36 strikers have surpassed that foolish, shameful record. The best record on planet earth is with the late Godfrey Ucar Chitalu a Zambian 107 goals. Remember,u may only think of your nightmare Mayuka in Kumasi but we have people u’ve never heard of such as Jacob Mulenga, Fwayo Tembo, King David etc so be warned!!!

  22. African Consciousness says:

    Thomas Freeman Yeboah so why didn’t you do your research when Abedi Pele was erroneously believed to be the Ghanaian all time goal leader? Why did you let it slide until Gyan overtook Abedi Pele to come out with your research? I hope you do not raise the bar again once Gyan hits the 37 point mark which will happen sooner that you think.

    Too bad my man missed some critical penalties for Ghana and cannot take them anymore that would really speed up the process and bump up his goal tally. Go Gyan, Go Ghana Black Stars, long live African football.

  23. Kobby says:

    Whether the difference is 1 or 2, the records must be set right. Unfortunately, most contributors never saw Kwasi Owusu at play. Ask any football enthusiast who watched Kwasi Owusu and ontinues to watch Asamoah Gyan and will confirm that in the striking department of football, Asamoah Gyan is far behind Kwasi Owusu. Kwasi Owusu was far better a striker and a footballer than Asamoah Gyan.

  24. Azizi says:

    It looks like some people dont want Gyan to be the all time goalscorer for Ghana and that’s why they are trying everything possible to find new candidates for the all time goalscorer for Ghana. Just until last week, everyone knew Abedi Pele was the all time goalsorer with 34. Infact that assumption had stood for decades but as soon as Gyan scored two more goals to dethrone Abedi, suddenly many journalists from nowhere started attributing the all time goalscorer to ex footballers who were unheard of. This is pure discrimination annd its unfair to Gyan’s efforts. It is as if they dont wish him well.

  25. kofi says:

    GFA what a fucking mess

    you cant even tell the country who your top scorer is.

    useless twats

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