Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey, for the second time, was the big winner at the 2019 Ghana Football Awards as he walked away with the coveted Footballer of the Year gong.
The midfielder, who was not present at the awards gala, beat off competition from Mukarama Abdulai – who like her male counterpart – took home two gongs from the second edition of the annual event. Asante Kotoko’s Felix Annan was also in contention.
— The Ghana Football Awards (@GF_Awards) July 21, 2019
Before sweeping the final accolade at the event held in Accra Sunday night, Partey’s form at club level had been adjudged enough to pip Black Stars teammates Kwadwo Asamoah and Joseph Aidoo to the Foreign-based Footballer of the Year award.
For Mukarama, the young striker picked the Women’s Footballer of the Year and Future Star awards following her exploits for Ghana’s U-17 female national team, the Black Maidens at the 2018 Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Annan, the Kotoko shot-stopper led his club’s four awards won on the night, picking the Goalkeeper of the Year; the Porcupine Warriors winning Team of the Year while immediate-past head coach CK Akonnor clinched the Coach of the Year title. Annan was however beaten to the Home-based Footballer of the Year accolade by teammate Abdul Fatawu Safiu.
Hearts of Oak striker Joseph Esso’s stupendous strike against Dreams FC in the Normalization Special Cup last February earned him the Goal of the Year award.
The founding members of the Ghana senior national team – which has two surviving – Ibrahim Dogo Moro and Wilberfoce Mfum, each received the Living Legend award while the Professional Football Association of Ghana (pfaG) were handed Thumbs Up award.
The full list of award winners is as follows –
Goalkeeper of the Year
Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko), Nana Bonsu (Enugu Rangers), Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United)
Coach of the Year
Johnson Smith (Karela United), Charles Akonnor (Asante Kotoko), Augustine Adotey (Black Maidens)
Team of the Year
Hearts of Oak, Black Maidens, Asante Kotoko
Home-based Footballer of the Year
Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko), Abdul Fatawu Safiu (Asante Kotoko), Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak)
Foreign-based Player of the Year
Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan), Joseph Aidoo (KRC Genk)
Rising Star of the Year (Future Star)
Diawisie Taylor (Karela United), Grace Animah – Black Maidens), Mukarama Abdulai (Black Maidens)
Women’s Footballer of the Year
Grace Asantewaa (Black Queens), Janet Egyir (Black Queens), Mukarama Abdulai (Black Maidens)
Ghana Footballer of the Year
Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid), Mukarama Abdulai (Black Maidens), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko)
Goal of the Year (To be solely decided by a fan-vote)
– Abdul Fatawu Safiu for Asante Kotoko against Kariobangi Sharks (Ghana), December 2018
– Joseph Esso for Hearts of Oak against Dreams FC (Ghana), February 2019
– Joseph Mensah for Sepsi against FCSB (Romania), May 2019
– Majeed Ashimeru for St Gallen against Young Boys (Switzerland), May 2019
– Bernard Tekpetey for Paderbon against MSV Duisburg (Germany), February 2019
– Mahatma Otoo for Balikersirspor against Adanaspor (Turkey), March 2019
– Majeed Waris for Nantes against Rennes (France), December 2018
– Thomas Partey for Atletico Madrid against Deportivo Alaves (Spain), March 2019
– Thomas Partey for Atletico Madrid against Athletic Bilbao (Spain), November 2018
– Umar Manaf for Hearts of Oak against WAFA (Ghana), May 2019
– Umar Manaf for Hearts of Oak against Ebusua Dwarfs (Ghana), May 2019
Living Legend Awards
Ex-players Dogo Moro and Wilberforce Mfum – two surviving members of the first Black Stars team (August 1959) previously known as Ghana XI)
Thumbs Up Award
Professional Football Association of Ghana (pfaG)