Most Valuable Player: Mahatma Otoo (Accra Hearts of Oak)
Otoo, who graduated from the national U-17 side last season and emerged as the most promising player that season has gone on to win the MVP award this season. Otoo shook off strong competition from Black Stars defender, Lee Addy and CHAN striker Bismark Idan. The young man’s career is off to a flying start. We can only wish him well and hope he grows into an efficient goal machine.
Most promising player: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars)
Saka has been the best full back in the Ghanaian league since Samuel Inkoom found a job in the Swiss League. Many however felt the shear skill of King Faisal winger Frank Acheampong would be enough to win him this crown. This title is a tricky title. Very often, players show promise and then do not keep up with their promise. Last season, Obed Ansah was all over the place with some real promise. Today, he cannot even compete for place at Hearts of Oak. Hopefully, Saka will not disappoint.
Goal Keeper of the Year: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)
There was just no contest here. How a goal keeper can concede only 10 goals in 30 matches is a mystery worth Sherlock Holmes’ interest. The former Real Sportive goalie has displayed some of the best goal keeping Ghana has had a long while. You’ve got to give Stephen Ahorlu (Heart of Lions) a lot of credits though who produced some wonderful performances this season. Somewhere in the season, Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals) caught the attention of the world with his U-20 performances. But Adams just stood tall.
Defender of the year: Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea)
Addy has done well to retain his 2008/2009 title. The Aduana Stars fullback was however too visible this season. Personally, I would have have given this award to Godfred Saka who was aided to make Aduana Stars the meanest defence of all time. Karim Alhassan of Hearts of Oak who also stood tall in central defence for Hearts of Oak.
Midfielder of the year: No nominations
It baffles me how a country which boasts of supplying some of the best midfielders in the world, does not have midfielders worth awarding. I would have given this award to King Faisal winger Frank Acheampong.
Goal King: Bismark Idan (Kessben FC) and Samuel Affum (Hearts of Oak) 13 goals each
In a season where the league champion scored less than 20 goals, how many goals can one expect of a goal king? 13 goals in a 30-match league is quite disappointing but one cannot deprive the two strikers of their moment of glory. We have had a 9-goal goal king in Ghana before. Congratulations to them.
Coach of the year: Herbert Addo (Aduana Stars)
There is no doubt that Herbert Addo has achieved some amazing feat with Aduana Stars. To lead a team which had just been promoted from the lower league, defy all odds to win the league, undefeated at home is no mean achievement. Addo deserves his award. Honourable mention must however go to Zdravko Lugaracic of King Faisal. When he took over at King Faisal, the Kumasi club was hopelessly relegation bound, thanks to Zdravko, they managed a mid-table finish. David Duncan of Ashgold was just unlucky to lose the title to Addo on head-to-head bases. In my books, he is a winner though.
Club CEO of the year: Cudjoe Fianoo (Ashgold FC)
A lot of people expected Edward Asare of Aduana Stars to pick this award, but Asare could not out-compete Cudjoe Fianoo in the media visibility game.
Team of the season: My personal pick
TACTICAL FORMATION: 4-3-3
COACH: David Duncan
GOAL KEEPER: Stephen Adams
DEFENDERS: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars), Richard Kissi-Boateng (Liberty Professionals), Karim Alhassan (Hearts of Oak), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea)
MID FIELDERS: Frank Acheampong (King Faisal), Daniel Nii Adjei (Asante Kotoko), Daniel Asamoah (Ashgold)
FORWARDS: Bismark Idan (Kessben FC), Samuel Affum (Hearts of Oak), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak)