Sports News of Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Asante Kotoko dominate the list of nominees released for this year’s MTN FA Cup awards following their success in the competition.
The Porcupine Warriors lead the pack with five nominations as a reward for their long overdue success in the knockout competition.
The Premier League champions beat Inter Allies in the finals of this year’s competition to record their first ever double.
Bechem United’s Augustine Okrah is however the overwhelming favourite to win this year’s Best Player award in the annual MTN FA Cup awards ceremony.
The skillful forward looks to complete a clean sweep of personal awards this season having emerged as the Most Valuable Player in the Ghana Premier League.
Okrah will however need to offset stiff challenges from Asante Kotoko duo Abeiku Ainooson and Issa Yakubu and Gold Stars’ Elvis Opoku to clinch the prestigious award.
Kotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson was also named in the Best Defender category where he will be facing the likes of Inter Allies’ Joseph Aidoo, Lassana Coulibaly of Feyenoord and Aduana Stars’ Emmanuel Akuoko.
The champions will be handed an award for being the highest scoring team while Joseph Addo guns for the Best Goalkeeper award against Theophilus Jackson of Feyenoord, New Edubiase’s Benjamin Mensah and Inter Allies’ Osei Kwame.
Coach Mas-Ud Dramani has also been named in the Best Coach category where he is being challenged by Herbert Addo, John Kila and Prince Acheampong.
The date and venue for the awards ceremony is yet to be announced.
Below is the fill list of nominees:
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
ABEIKU AINOOSON – KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO JOSEPH AIDOO – INTER ALLIES LASSANA COULIBALY – FEYERNOOD FC EMMANUEL AKUOKU – ADUANA STARS
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
OSEI KWAME - INTER ALLIES JOSEPH ADDO – KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO BENJAMIN MENSAH – NEW EDUBIASE THEOPHELUS JACKSON – FEYERNOOD FC
TOP SCORER OF THE YEAR
ELVIS OPOKU – GOLD STARS – 7 GOALS
HIGHEST SCORING CLUB OF THE YEAR
KUMASI ASANTI KOTOKO – 17 GOALS
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
SEIDU BOMISON DANIEL LARYEA PATRICK KYEREMANTENG
ASSISTANT REFEREE OF THE YEAR
IBRAHIM ADAM DAWOOD WADRAGO ASHITEY ARMAH
PROMISING REFEREES OF THE YEAR
MAXWEL HASON ANAFO NATHAN PRINCE AMOAH
COACH OF THE YEAR
DIDI DRAMANI – KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO HERBERT ADDO – INTER ALLIES JOHN KILA – FEYERNOOD FC PRINCE ACHEAMPONG – KING FAISAL
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
ELVIS OPOKU – GOLD STARS BENJAMIN TETTEH – MIGHTY JETS PATRICK KPOZO – INTER ALLIES LASSANA COULIBALIY – FEYERNOORD FC
BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ELVIS OPOKU – GOLD STARS AUGUSTINE OKRAH – BECHEM UNITED ABEIKU AINOOSON – KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO ISSAH YAKUBU –KUMASI ASANTE KOTOKO
The following categories will also receive awards:
BEST GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT