Thomas Partey named best Ghanaian footballer at Ghana Football Awards
The inaugural edition of the Ghana Football Awards was on Sunday, July 9, 2018, held at the plush Mariot Hotel in Accra.
The award scheme that seeks to recognize the exploits of Ghanaian footballers came off with Atletico Madrid and Black Stars midfielder, Thomas Partey walking home with the biggest award of the night.
The midfielder saw off competition from Swansea forward Jordan Ayew, Richard Ofori of Maritzburg United and Aston Villa’s Albert Adomah to win the Best Player Award.
The 25-year-old midfielder who featured 52 times for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid was also adjudged best foreign-based player. He was a key member of the Atletico Madrid team that won the Europa League and finished second in the Spanish La Liga.
The midfielder who notched 5 goals for his club in the season under review (2017/2018) has also become an influential member of the Black Stars with the hat-trick against Congo in Brazaville being the highlight of his superb form for the country.
Former Hearts of Oak skipper Thomas Abbey edged Stephen Sarfo of Berekum Chelsea and Aduana Stars’ Daniel Darkwah for the best home based player award.
Abbey was Hearts’ top goal scorer with 13 goals and third on the Ghana Premier League goal king chart. The midfielder won four man-of-the-match awards with 15 goals in all competitions for the Phobians who finished second in the MTN FA Cup.
For winning the Ghana Premier League and making it to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, Aduana Stars were declared the best team with their goalkeeper Joseph Addo being crowned the goalkeeper of the year.
Below is the full list of winners
1. Goalkeeper of the Year Joseph Addo
2. Team of the Year
3. Future Star Award
4. Foreign-based Player of the Year
6. Women’s Footballer of the Year
7. Living Legend Award –
8. Home-Based Player of the Year
9. Coach of the Year
10. Thumbs Up Award
11. Ghana Footballer of the Year