2023 Ghana Football Awards: Kudus, Paintsil and Salis battle for the player of the year award; Mahrez, Salah, Osimhen earn nominations

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The nominations for 2023 edition of Ghana Football awards was announced on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 on Joy Prime.

Headlining the prestigious award this year is Mohammed Kudus, Joseph Paintsil and Salis Abdul Samed who are nominated for the footballer of the year award.

Hafiz Konkoni, Seidu Bassit, Vincent Atinga, Sampson Eduku and Abednego Tetteh were nominated for the home-based player of the year.

Victor Osimhen, Riyad Mahrez, Mohammed Salah and Yassine Bounou will also contest for the Best African international.

Other categories for the awards show include; the Men’s and Women’s coach of the year, Goalkeeper of the year, Male and Female team of the year, CEO of the year and so on.

This year’s event will take place at the Grande Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre on Sunday, June 25, 2023, with top personalities cross all aspects of life expected to grace the occasion.

The Ghana Football Awards was created in 2018 to project Ghanaian football excellence and recognise Ghanaian footballers and other stakeholders for their achievements at home and around the globe.

Below is the full list of categories and nominees:


Men’s Coach of the Year

-Ibrahim Tanko (Black Meteors/ Accra Lions)

-Johnson Smith (Nations FC)

-Evans Adotey (Medeama SC)

Women’s Team Coach of the Year

-Joe Nana Adarkwa (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)

-Yusif Basigi (Hasaacas Ladies/ Princesses)

-Joseph Akemm Anyagre (Army Ladies)

Female Team of the Year

– Ampem Darkoa Ladies

– Hasaacas Ladies

– Black Princesses

Male Team of the Year

-Medeama SC

– Bechem United

– Bofoakwa Tano

Best African International

– Victor Osimhen (Napoli, Nigerian)

– Riyad Mahrez (Man City, Algerian)

– Mohammed Salah (Liverpool, Egyptian)

– Yassine Bounou (Sevilla, Morocco)

CEO of the Year

– Gifty Oware-Mensah (Berry Ladies)

– K Twumasi Dankwah (Nations FC)

– Moses Armah ( Medeama SC)

Goalkeeper of the Year

-Joseph Addo (Aduana FC)

-Felix Kyei (Medeama SC)

-Lawrence Ati Zigi (St Gallen)

Most Vibrant Club On Social Media

-Asante Kotoko

-Hearts of Oak

-Legon Cities

-Dreams FC

-Hasaacas Ladies

Goal of the Year

-Abdul Mugeese Zakaria: FC Ashdod v Hapoel Tel Aviv (25/02/23)

-Fiduos Yakubu: Hasaacas ladies v Essiam Socrates FC (25/02/23)

-Mohammed Kudus: Ajax v Rangers (07/09/22)

-Osman Bukari: Red Star v FK Partizan Beograd (31/08/09)

-Kamaldeen Sulemana: Southampton v Liverpool (28/0523)

-Thomas Partey: Arsenal v Spurs (01/10/22)

-Eric Zeze: Asante Kotoko v Aduana fc (23/04/2023)

-Yaw Yeboah: Nashville v Columbus Crew (29/05/23)

Home-based Footballer of the Year – MEN

– Hafiz Konkoni (Bechem United)

– Seidu Bassit (Accra Lions)

– Vincent Atinga (Medeama)

– Sampson Eduku (Tamale City)

– Abednego Tetteh (Bibiani Gold Stars)

Women’s Footballer of the Year

-Stella Nyamekye (Dreamz)

-Mary Amponsah (Ampem Darkoa)

-Princess Owusu (Faboulous Ladies)

-Blessing Shine Agbomadzi (ASFAR,Morocco)

-Princella Adubea ( Kiryat GAT, Israel)

Home-based Footballer of the Year – Women

-Stella Nyamekye (Dreamz)

-Mary Amponsah (Ampem Darkoa)

-Comfort Yeboah (Ampem Darko)

-Princess Owusu (Faboulous Ladies)

Odartey Lamptey Future Star Award

-Ernest Appiah Nuamah (FC Nordjelland)

-Princess Owusu (Fabulous Ladies)

-Stella Nyamekye (Dreamz)

Footballer of the Year

-Kudus Mohammed (Ajax, Holland)

-Joseph Paintsil (Genk, Belgium)

-Abdul Samed Salis (RC Lens, France)

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