Ghana failed to partake in the voting process for the 2017 FIFA Best Awards which was held in London on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the coveted prize as The Best FIFA Men’s Player for the second successive year and a record 5 times overall, equaling the record of rival Lionel Messi.
Per FIFA guidelines for the scheme, “the winners of The Best FIFA Men’s/Women’s Player and The Best FIFA Men’s/Women’s Coach awards will be selected by an international jury comprising the current coaches of all men’s/women’s national teams (one per team), the current captains of all men’s/women’s national teams (one per team), one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans from all over the world registered on FIFA.com.
But for some reason, none of the possible five people – Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah and captain Asamoah Gyan for the men’s category as well as Black Queens coach Mas-Ud Dramani and captain Elizabeth Addo plus one special journalist (usually Michael Oti Adjei) – was able to represent Ghana in voting for the best performing footballers.
They each had to choose three names in order, with the first one getting five points, the second three and the third one point.
Other winners on the night include Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud who won the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016-17, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane for the Men’s Coach of the Year prize, and Juventus veteran Gianluigi Buffon being named the Best FIFA Goalkeeper.