Dede Ayew, Amponsah, Gyan, Hearts Win Big at Ghana Football Awards, 2021.
On Saturday 3rd July 2021, the third (3rd) edition of the Ghana Football Awards came off at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).
This event was organized to award the most outstanding personalities and groups that have contributed enormously to the development of football and excel in their various departments on the pitch and off the pitch both locally and internationally.
31-year-old former Swansea City forward and captain of the senior national team, Andre Dede Ayew (31), won the topmost award on the night. The former Olympic Marseille winger netted 17 goals this season for championship side Swansea, which earned him the best player for the team this year.
Ayew saw off competition from Ajax Amsterdam’s wonder kid, Mohammed Kudus and Accra Great Olympics’ Gladson Awako who has been in fantastic form this season both at the international scene and the Ghana Premier League (GPL).
Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics were not left out as both clubs had their share of the cake winning Team of the Year and Most Vibrant Club on Social Media respectively.
Hearts also saw individuals like Head Coach Samuel Boadu and Salifu Ibrahim grabbing the Coach of the Year Award and the Best Player in the Local League respectively.
The pair joined the club during the second round of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League (GPL) season and have made enigmatic contributions to the club.
Samuel Boadu’s side are currently on a twelve (12) match unbeaten run in all competitions, bringing the Phobians to the zenith of the GPL table and has also qualified the club to the Round of 16 of the MTN FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Salifu who moved from Techiman Eleven Wonders to the capital city on a GH₵40,000 transfer deal has shown the reason why he was bought with such a copious amount, scoring one goal with four assists to his name since joining the club.
Nana Yaw Amponash, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Kumasi-based club, Asante Kotoko, won the best football administrator during the awards ceremony. Ceek, Errea, and other sponsorships he brought to the Porcupines elevated him to be crowned as the CEO of the year.
Former Sunderland and former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was crowned as Player of the Decade.
Gyan who now plays for GPL side Legon Cities is currently the all-time top scorer of the senior national team with about 51 goals and has scored in nine different major football tournaments including the FIFA World Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, etc.
Below is a full list of the various winners of the Ghana Football Awards:
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
WOMEN’S FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR
ODARTEY LAMPTEY FUTURE STAR AWARD
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
HOME-BASED FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
GOAL OF THE YEAR
Nasiru Moro (Legon Cities v Ashanti Gold)
BEST GHANAIAN CLUB CEO
Nana Yaw Amponsah(Asante Kotoko)
MALE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Hearts of Oak
FEMALE TEAM OF THE YEAR
BEST AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
MOST VIBRANT CLUB ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Other honorary awards that were awarded on the awards night include:
PLAYER OF THE DECADE AWARD
THUMBS UP AWARD
Dr. Dan Mckorley (McDanFoundation)
LIVING LEGEND AWARD