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