The maiden edition of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Awards was held at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) in Accra on Saturday, September 10, 2023.
The colourful event which ended successfully in the nation’s capital saw players, coaches and clubs across the competitions organized by the GFA winning prestigious awards.
Medeama SC defender Vincent Atinga was named the Ghana Premier League best player of the season as Ampem Darkoa Ladies attacker Mary Amponsah bagged two awards; top scorer of the season and best women’s player of the season.
Reigning Ghana Premier League champions Medeama SC and Women’s Premier League title holders Ampem Darkoa Ladies received four awards each at the ceremony.
Asante Kotoko won most branded and the most vibrant club of the season, while FC Samartex 1996 picked the best Supporters of the season.
The ultimate prize of the night went to FIFA referee Julian Nii Akwa Nunoo for emerging the best referee of the season. He received a luxurious Hyundai Elantra for clinching the award.
The ceremony attracted top personalities including officials from the GFA partners, Black Stars players and officials, old footballers and a performance from four-time Ghana Music Awards songwriter winner Kofi Kinaata.
Below is the full list of the winners for the 2023 GFA Awards
Best Branded Club — Asante Kotoko
Most Vibrant Club — Asante Kotoko
Best Supporters — FC Samartex 1996
DIVISION ONE LEAGUE CATEGORY
Discovery of the season — Richmond Apokum (Attram De Visser SC)
Goalkeeper of the season — Solomon Ohene Nimo (Skyy FC)
Top Scorer of the season — Baba Hamadu Musa (Skyy FC)
Best Player of the season — Baba Hamadu Musa (Skyy FC)
Match Commissioners of the Year — Alice Ayine (female), Michael Ntow Ayeh (male)
MTN FA CUP CATEGORY
Best coach of the season — Abdul Karim Zito (Dreams FC)
Top Scorers of the season — Samuel Adom Antwi (King Faisal) and Manaf Abdul Umar (Real Tamale United)
Discovery of the season — Aziz Abdul Issah (Dreams FC)
Best Player of the season — Samuel Adom Antwi (King Faisal)
Goalkeeper of the season — Solomon Agbesi (Dreams FC)
WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE & FA CUP CATEGORY
Discovery of the season — Ellen Alormenu (Essiam Socrates FC)
Goalkeeper of the season — Grace Banwaa (Hasaacas Ladies)
Top scorer of the season — Mary Amponsah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)
Club of the season — Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Coach of the Season — Joe Nana Adarkwah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)
Best Player of the Season — Mary Amponsah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)
GHANA PREMIER LEAGUE CATEGORY
Discovery of the season — Abass Samari Salifu (Accra Lions)
Goalkeeper of the season — Felix Kyei (Medeama SC)
Top Scorer of the season — Abednego Tetteh (Bibiani Goldstars)
Goal of the season — Eric Serge Zeze (Asante Kotoko)
Club of the season — Medeama SC
Best Player of the season — Vincent Atinga
Coach of the season — Augustine Adotey
REFEREES OF THE SEASON
Referee of the season (Male) — Julian Nunoo
Assistant Referee of the season (Male)— Emmanuel Dolagbanu
Referee of the season (Female) — Rita Boateng Nkansah
Assistant Referee of the season (Female) — Gloria Sena Kumedzro
BEST PLAYERS IN THE JUVENILE LEAGUE
Ashanti Region: Faadil Rahman Yussif
Brong Ahafo: Fordjour Righteous
Central Region: Henry Osei Poku
Eastern Region: Havor Dziwornu
Northern Region: Fuseini Kamaldeen
Volta Region: Richard Sarfo
Upper West Region: Rashedan Yakubu
Upper East Region: Azure Nyaabila
Western Region: Henry Osei Poku
Greater Region: Ishmael Aborta