Editor's Note: Obroni is a local jargon which time immemorial has come to be identified with people who are generally fair in complexion or light skinned. The white race, as time went on, had it tilted towards them for purposes of easier identification and fun. The average Ghanaian being hospitable and easy going always wanted to be seen in their company.
In a tense Black Stars match, whilst seated with a group of friends and licking our wounds as losers in a game, we had the shock of our lives as a lady started screaming, “ei see, Dede Ayew played in the game. He scored too. See how good he looks. I’m happy to see him. OMG!”
You can imagine our disappointment, when we had just lost the match 2-1.
These are the sort of sentiments Ghanaian ladies have for their favourite Black Stars player, sometimes to the jealous of some men like us.
Here are the five favourite Black Stars players of some Ghanaian women.
1. Jnr Manuel Agogo:
Now domiciled in the UK, the once ladies favourite Black stars player, was born in Accra 36 years ago. The light skinned player looks close in appearance with regards to complexion as former President JJ Rawlings. No wonder he is rumoured to being an uncle of Agogo.
Agogo was the toast of Ghanaian ladies during the 2008 AFCON hosted by Ghana.
Agogo wore a clean shave hair cut prior to the AFCON which became his trademark hair style. This made him smart and good looking. “Wow, he looks good with that haircut, in fact sexy too. I love him,” said a lady Agogo fan in an interview back in the days.
His clean shave made him attractive not only to the ladies but young men as well who joined the ‘Agogo haircut’ (sakora) frenzy.
As the fan favourite with other players like, Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien and Muntari, Jnr Agogo stole the show with his broad smile goal celebration and in actual fact, won the hearts of most Black Stars supporters when he emerged Ghana’s joint top scorer with Muntari on four goals at the tournament.
The continued success of the team made an old man reportedly walk into the Ghana team camp holding his daughter’s hands and sought permission from the security men to be allowed to offer her in marriage to the player.
2. Kevin Prince-Boateng:
Boateng as he is popularly known was born on March 6, 1987 in Berlin, to a Ghanaian father and German mother, Christine Rahn.
He was selected as part of the Ghana squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by head coach Milovan Rajevac.
On 23 June, he played for Ghana against Germany, whose team included his brother Jérôme Boateng. Ghana lost to a solitary 1–0 win for Germany. It was the first time that two brothers played on opposite teams at the World Cup. Boateng scored with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area in the fourth minute of a 2–1 win over the United States in the round-of-16 in Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on 26 June.
In November 2011, Boateng announced his international retirement, citing fatigue from travel at the age of 24 years, thus missing the chance to contest the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
However, his friend Andre Ayew revealed later in September 2012, that Boateng was considering reversing his retirement decision.
On 4 November 2013, Boateng was selected for Ghana's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs against Egypt. He scored in the 89 minute after coming on as a substitute the 79th-minute mark as the Black Stars secured qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He played in two of Ghana’s games at the mundial, as a second-half substitute against the United and selected to start against Germany in a 2–2 draw. Ghana lost 2-1 to the USA.
On 26 June, Boateng was sent home and suspended from the Ghana squad for disciplinary reasons, with Sule Muntari, only hours before the final group match against Portugal.
3. André Morgan Rami Ayew:
Also known as Dede Ayew, he was born in Seclin-Lille, France to three time African Footballer of the Year, Abedi "Pele" Ayew and mother, Maha. Maha is said to have some Saudi Arabia lineage.
Ayew was eligible to play for France and Ghana due to having dual French and Ghanaian citizenship.
He however, chose Ghana as his first option citing his father as the main reason, even though he had claimed earlier that the Ghana FA were not eager to contact him.
Ayew had participated in a training camp with the France under-18 team but In 2007, he turned down several offers to play for the France under-21 team.
Ayew later warned the Ghana Football Association that he was on the verge of representing France at international level stating "At this moment there is only one choice to make because I have only received an invitation from one country and that is France." That was the kind of love he had for Ghana.
4. Jordan Ichmin Ayew:
Jordan Ayew is a little brother of Andre Ayew. He made his first senior appearance for Ghana on 5 September 2010.
On 1 June 2012, Jordan scored his first and second international goals in a 2014 World Cup qualification match win against Lesotho, at the Kumasi Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
In June 2014, he was included in the Ghanaian squad for the 2014 World Cup. In Ghana's last warm-up match before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on 9 June 2014, Jordan came on as a first-half substitute for the injured Majeed Waris and ended up scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 victory over South Korea.
Jordan Ayew was part of the 2015 nation cup team in Equatorial Guinea that took a silver medal as result of losing out to Ivory Coast on a penalty shoot-out whom they clinch the African Cup, which occurred on 8 February 2015.
5. Kwasi Appiah:
Kwasi Appiah was eligible to represent both Ghana and England. On 24 December 2014 he was called into the 31 man provisional squad for the 2015 African Cup of Nations by Ghana.
Born in Thamesmead, London, He made his debut in Ghana's 2–1 win over South Africa on 27 January 2015 and scored his first international goal in the quarter-final victory over Guinea.
Appiah is a member of the Ghana silver winning side at the 2015 AFCON.