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This page is a quick snapshot of the status of Australian Football in Ghana. For further information, browse our news items or use the search facility. If you wish to contact football officials from the country, please search our site for links to their leagues or clubs, including in our Atlas. If unsuccessful, we can normally assist with putting people in touch.

Approx population (2008):   23 million

National side:   none

Governing body:   none

Primary contact / link:   none

WFN Census (2004):   nil

WFN World Ranking (2008):   not ranked

History:   Australian football has very little history in Ghana, but there have been a few positive signs recently in this country which is relatively well off compared with most other west African countries, and which has English as its official language. Australian Tim Foster, a Melbourne University student, has made several humanitarian trips to Ghana in which he has also taught locals about the sport. Former boxer and national hero, Azumah Nelson, has established a sports foundation for children in his homeland, and on a 2008 visit to Australia he discussed opportunities with the Western Bulldogs. His Foundation has declared (around 2008/09) Australian football as one of its official sports. Nelson also has connections to Australia through his famous battles with Australian boxer Jeff Fenech, though that relationship has notably soured.

Outlook (from 2009):   If the Azumah Nelson Foundation Sports Academy is a success, and maintains its commitment to Australian football, then we can expect some good initial growth of the game.

Other points of interest:   nil

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