Beach Soccer in Ghana has been in existence since 2007 when the discipline was first introduced as a social, leisure and sports recreation club. The following year, Beach Soccer World Wide (BSWW) playing ‘‘rules’’ were introduced by two sports enthusiasts; Albert Frimpong (Ghana Baseball) and Yaw Ampofo Ankrah (Sports Journalist/Books & Boots).
In late 2008, Beach Soccer was accredited by the National Sports Council as the 27th sports association in Ghana. From humble origins, the GBSA has since organized several successful events along the coastline of Ghana.
A landmark achievement has been the creation of a two-tier league since 2011 (the first and only in West Africa). The two leagues boasts 20 registered teams and over 600 players from coastal communities including Ada, Tema, Keta, Senya, Cape Coast, Sekondi, Prampram and Labadi. This was after a knock out gala in Ada involving aspiring beach soccer clubs from all over the country in March 2011.
Thanks to CalBANK the positive strides and rapid growth of beach soccer under challenging conditions did not go unnoticed. After a surprise invitation, Ghana participated in the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup African qualifiers staged in El Jadida, Morocco from the 22nd to the 26th of May 2013. Although the Black Sharks lost all its matches, the team learnt valuable lessons thanks to the sponsorship and support of CAL BANK
After El Jadida 2013, the Black Sharks have were invited to two more major international beach soccer tournaments; Copa Lagos (2014) and the Power Horse Beach Soccer African Trophy in Durban, South Africa (2015). Both trips were sponsored by CAL BANK.
As the domestic beach soccer league continued to take shape, 2015 proved to be the most significant year for Ghana beach soccer with a number of exciting domestic and continental tournaments.
Having recorded their first international win – beating Seychelles 8-2 in Durban – the Black Sharks beat the Sand Cranes of Uganda on an astonishing 22-8 aggregate score line to secure qualification to the maiden edition of the CAF Beach Soccer Nations Cup played in Seychelles from the 14th to 19th April 2015.
The Black Sharks returned home from Seychelles picking up 2 victories – 5-3 against Africa’s number ranked team Senegal and 12-1 against host nation Seychelles.
The 2015 league season was exciting and more competitive than previous years. Players of the national team represented their various clubs and fought for glory and the chance to be called Ghana Beach Soccer League Champions. The title was eventually won by Havedzi Mighty Warriors from the Volta region.