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Asante Kotoko dominates Ghana Football Awards

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Former Black Stars winger, Laryea Kingston (left) and Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, both coaching staff of Right to Dream Academy, receiving the Thumbs-Up award on behalf of Right to Dreams founder, Tom Vernon
Former Black Stars winger, Laryea Kingston (left) and Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, both coaching staff of Right to Dream Academy, receiving the Thumbs-Up award on behalf of Right to Dreams founder, Tom Vernon

Ghana Premier League champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko swept five awards at the annual Ghana Football Awards held at the Conference Centre in Accra last Saturday.


Kotoko were crowned Male Team of the Year, Special Fans of the Year (Porcupine Tertiary), Men’s Coach of the Year (Prosper Ogum Narteh), Best CEO of the Year (Nana Yaw Amponsah) and the Most Vibrant Club on Social Media awards at the fourth edition of the event.

Receiving the Best CEO of the Year award, Nana Yaw Amponsah, who received the award for the second consecutive time, advised clubs in the country to concentrate on developing the youth for the future.

He added that focusing on youth development would help produce great talents for the national teams in the future.
“This is the second time I’m winning this award in two years. I want to call on clubs in the country to concentrate on developing the youth for the future.

“It is the only way to produce great talents for the various national teams in the future,” said Nana Yaw Amponsah.

Black Stars defender, Alexander Djiku, won the coveted Footballer of the Year and Foreign-based Player of the Year awards.
Joe Nana Darkwa was adjudged Women’s Coach of the Year for winning the Women’s Premier League and Women’s FA Cup with Ampem Darkoa Ladies. Ampem Darkoa also won the Female Team of the Year award.

Grace Asantewaa of Real Betis FC won the Women’s Footballer of the Year award and Bechem United’s Iddrisu Abdulai became the Goalkeeper of the Year.

Three-time African footballer of the year, Abedi Ayew Pele, received the Living Legend Award. Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane took the African International Award with Richard Duah Nsenkyire (CEO, Samartex) and Right To Dream’s Tom Vernon taking home the Thumbs Up Award.

In the other awards, Ashantigold striker Yaw Annor received the Home-based Footballer of the Year and Topscorer of the Ghana Premier League awards.

AS Roma youngster, Felix Afena-Gyan, was crowned Odartey Lamptey Future Star Award and Mizak Asante took home the Goal of the Year award.