The Black Stars have been adorned with some fine shirts in the past, and the latest joins that exclusive class
Ghana hosted Rwanda on Saturday in their final Afcon 2017 Group H qualifier, and while the 1-1 draw offered little reward for two sides long aware of their respective fates, the Black Stars turning up in their fresh kits — courtesy German manufacturing giant Puma — was a pleasant, albeit minor, sideshow.
Below, KickerGH compares the new design with some of the best from the past, in no particular order.
This jersey has two things going for it: amazing design and wonderful memories. One of the early Puma offerings Ghana used, it has a beautiful simplicity and the background pattern of stars in the bottom left corner adds a pretty nice touch. The fact that we watched the Stars introduce themselves to the world in style back at 2006’s Mundial wearing those doesn’t do much harm either. Neat.
This jersey is probably what got most of us born in the last decade of the 20th century enamoured of the national team. Unlike latter-day Ghana shirts, this one had a fair representation of all the national colours, specifically on the sleeves and the collar, although yellow takes up the rest of the space — except, of course, that bit occupied by the black star next to the wearer’s heart, just to remind him of exactly what he represents. All-time favourite, perhaps?
Red hasn’t looked this good since becoming Ghana’s alternative colour. At first sight, this jersey — sibling of the next on this list — appears just plain, garish red. But it isn’t, really; look closer, and an intricate watermark pattern — of the sort you see on the cuffs — makes it all seem somewhat ‘less red’. If red is, as is typically held, the colour of love, this is as lovely as it gets.
When Puma revealed Ghana’s new apparel for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, it did earn rave reviews. Described as possessing originality due to the unique design around the collar, as well as the cuffs inspired by the beautiful Kente design, the jersey also scores high points in general aesthetics with the same brilliant traditional watermarking style described above.
And now the latest. We’ve only seen it once — against Rwanda on the occasion mentioned at the outset — but, heck, some of us are loving it already. The lone black star on the chest and its likenesses splashed across the upper back leave no prizes for guessing the identity of the team. The polo-style neck is refreshing, too, given that the lads haven’t worn one for sometime now, while the yellow triangles all along the cuffs and the collar provide a nice touch of colour. Not the best yet, but not bad either. It will grow on us some more with frequent exposure, right?