The event which was well attended by football and entertainment stars lived up to its billing even with the presence of only two of the Black Stars players who represented Ghana at Afcon 2019. They were Felix Annan and Mubarak Wakaso.
Also in attendance was Ibrahim Tanko, the assistant coach of the Black Stars, and football administrators, coaches and old stars like Johnson Smith, Sam Johnson, Derek Boateng, Fatau Dauda, Joe Addo and Augustine Arhinful who is a member of the board of the organisers.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder, Partey beat off competition from Mukarama Abdulai of Black Maidens and Queens and Richard Ofori of the Black Stars and Maritzburg to win the most prestigious award on the night.
The 26-year-old was also part of the Black Stars team that participated in the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), scoring one of Ghana’s two goals against Guinea Bissau.
Thomas Partey, despite being criticised for not living up to expectation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, following Ghana’s early exit from the competition, his performance at club level was enough to hand him the Most Valuable Player Ghanaian Player in the 2018-19 season.
In addition to the footballer of the year award, Thomas Partey also picked up the award for the foreign-based footballer of the year.
Meanwhile, Kumasi Asante Kotoko were the biggest winners on the night. They swept four awards, namely the team of the year, the Goalkeeper of the Year and the Home-based Player of the Year went to Felix Annan and Fatawu Shafiu, respectively, while CK Akonnor was named the Coach of the Year.
Accra Hearts of Oak’s young striker, Joseph Esso took the Goal of the Year Award and he was very happy.
Entertainment was provided by darling musicians, Sollo7, Kweisey P and new sensation Cina Soul.
The event put up by AE Media.com / Active 360 was sponsored by Alliance Motors representatives of Range Rover, Land Rover and Jaguar in Ghana, Nasco and DSIV with support from the Multimedia Group.
Below is the full list of winners
Coach Of the Year
Charles Akunnor- Asante Kotoko
Women’s Footballer of the Year
Mukarama Abdulai – Black Maidens
Team Of The Year
Goalkeeper of the Year
Felix Annan – Asante Kotoko
Home-based Player Of The Year
Best Foreign Player
Goal of the Year
By Joseph Esso – Heart of Oak
The Living Legend Awards
Dogo Moro and Wiberforce Mfum
Rising Star Award
Thumbs Up Award
Professional Footballers Association of Ghana
Overall Footballer of the Year