Though in some years many connoisseurs feel the choice was not right or deserving asking about criteria used in picking or nominating, but every football fan knows the best stars who are shining at a particular season.
For Ghana, only eleven players have made their name appeared in the top three over the years.
In 1970, Ghana made history with Asante Kotoko’s African cup winning captain Ibrahim Sunday and goal keeper Robert Mensah taking the top two spots.
In 1978, Abdul Razak, the Golden Boy of Kotoko won after the Black Stars won the African Cup at home.
In 1979, another Ghanaian gem, Adolf Armah, the stylish Midfield General was doing wonders leading Accra Hearts of Oak and the Black Stars to continental club and country finals. He placed second in Africa to Thomas Nkono of Cameroun.
In 1983, Opoku Nti of Asante Kotoko placed second in Africa after he led his club to conquer Africa and Ghana to win the SCSA Cup.
Between 1991 and 1993, Olympic Marseille’s Abedi Ayew Pele won and was at the top for three years.
In 1992, goals scorer Anthony Yeboah of Frankfurt and later Leeds Utd was second and he improved to become second in 1993.
In 1999 and 2001, defender, Samuel Osei Kufour of Bayern Munich was second.
In 2010, striker, Asamoah Gyan of Al Ain was second after Ghana placed second in African Cup.
In 2011, Andre Ayew of Olympic Marseille managed to put himself and his nation up to place third.
In 2015 Andre Ayew of Swansea was their again at third spot. He has since join West Ham in the English Premiership.
Winning the African best or gaining continental achievement really demands hard work at both club and country level.
A star player must be able to take his club or country to the finals or win a major title and you are among the Golden Players.
The challenge is now on the current players who are attracted to money that fame, forgetting that fame is forever, like how today you are recollecting the achievements of the past heroes of the game.
So, the Golden Stars for now are Ibrahim Sunday, Robert Mensah, Abdul Razak, Adolf Armah, Opoku Nti, Abedi Ayew Pele, Anthony Yeboah, Samuel Osei Kufour, Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew.
By Samuel Heywood Okine