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

Published on: 12 June 2013
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

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.


  • Tontom
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • lalasu
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Ghanaman
    says: 6 years ago
    The olympics before 1992 was a full senior team event.
  • Olu
    says: 6 years ago
    Gyan will surpass that record,so no hard feelings
  • Terror
    says: 6 years ago
    Massa, during the 70s and up to the 90s, the National Teams represented their countries in the Olympic games. It was recently that FIFA decided to limit it to the U23 National team so the Olympic Games soccer event does not become another World Cup. So you go and revise your notes.
  • Tontom
    says: 6 years ago
    Well, noted
  • Kwame
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Nana B
    says: 6 years ago
    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........
  • mojahadine
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Kofi
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Dr Who
    says: 6 years ago
    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!
  • Daco
    says: 6 years ago
    so where was this historian/statistician when Abedi was cliamed to be the top scorer. why didn't he challenge
  • KiSy
    says: 6 years ago
    Dr who,u are right. Muntari has scored 19 goals but is not on the list. Am beginning to doubt this research.
  • julius
    says: 6 years ago
    this guy is really very good with research, i just admire guys like that. he will go very far if he continues
  • Matt
    says: 6 years ago
    Another says its George Darko who has 169 in da 70s. A book written by Ohene Gyan clearly shows its true
  • tbdarko
    says: 6 years ago
    U guys went through all of this to say the record is 36? twwwwwwww I even thought you will say 50 Don't worry Baby Jet, u will surely break this record :-)
  • DDJ
    says: 6 years ago
    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+
  • Sam Praise
    says: 6 years ago
    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!
  • gandy osei
    says: 6 years ago
    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
  • Sam
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • kateezo
    says: 6 years ago
    Nana B...he indicated in the write up that that those goals were not even added to the tally. Maybe you did not fully read the article. Please read again. Cheers
  • kateezo
    says: 6 years ago
    Yes I read that today too. He should help us unravel that as well.
  • kuukuphilly
    says: 6 years ago
    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 str_repeat('*',strlen('Fuck')).
  • bawah
    says: 6 years ago
    stop all these worries: let's qualify first and pray that gyan may not miss important goals henceforth.thou shall not miss penalties!AMEN!
  • The Great
    says: 6 years ago
    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!!!
  • African Consciousness
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Al
    says: 6 years ago
    Did you this part of the write up: (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.
  • Al
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Kobby
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • Azizi
    says: 6 years ago
    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.
  • kofi
    says: 6 years ago
    GFA what a fucking mess you cant even tell the country who your top scorer is. useless twats