By Edmund Okai Gyimah
The nominees for the maiden Goal Ghana Player of the Year Award, which will be voted for by the readers of the site at the beginning of December, will be announced shortly.
Ahead of the much-anticipated announcement, Goal Ghana gauged the minds of its readers to guess the possible names that will be in contention for the award.
Here are the views of a selected few:
“All these guys are excellent but I will go for Asamoah Gyan for his show of patriotism and the love he has for the country. A lot of players would have left the team after all that happened but he came back and helped us to qualify for a third-straight World Cup. I would vote for him” - Shadrack Adu Appiah, businessman, Bronze, New York.
“I will go for Andre Dede Ayew. He’s been consistent ever since he was called to the national team. Putting aside his past differences with GFA, he has always shown full commitment to Ghana anytime he is in the national colours unlike Muntari and Essien” - Aberantee Akwasi Kyei, London, England.
“Asamoah Gyan stands tall amongst the list of nominees. The Al Ain striker has been consistent for the Black Stars netting six goals along the qualification series to the World Cup. As the captain of the Black Stars, he has brought a new attitude into the team. I think he deserves it without any second thoughts” - Henry Acheampong, GES, Wenchi.
“Kwadwo Asamoah. He is currently the most active Ghanaian footballer in Europe competing at the highest level. He is a preferred choice to Martin Caceres, Angelo Ogbonna and others who can equally be converted to his position. He played a major role to the success story of Juventus under Antonio Conte and he is currently regarded as one of the best attacking left-backs in the Serie A. A fantastic performance for Ghana at the Nations Cup in South Africa and I see no reason why he should not be named the footballer of the year in Ghana” - Osei Akoto Kanu, Storm FM, Sunyani.
“I think the unsung hero of the year is Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. He has helped Stromgsgodset to win the Norwegian league for the first time in 70 years and I believe his leadership qualities indicate he is committed to his duties and deserves to win this award” – Frank Brown, student, GIJ.
“After bursting on the professional scene in 2003, the "Baby Jet" has matured from a young striker of Liberty Professionals to become the inspirational captain of the Black Stars and the lead scorer of the team to secure a place in next year’s finals of the Mundial. Since his return from a self-imposed exile Asamoah played his role as the inspirational captain of the Black stars. Critics argue that he does not play in a competitive league (UAE)... but his goal scoring form in the World Cup qualifiers has silenced every one. Though the superb form of Kwadwo Asamoah and K.P Boateng cannot be underrated, in my view the Baby Jet still reigns” - Prof Justice Mensah, University of Upsala, Sweden.
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“I will go for Ebenezer Assifuah because considering the year under review; he was the second top scorer in the AYC in Algeria and also won the Golden Boot award as Ghana placed third at the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. He has proceeded to be the leading striker for Swiss side FC Sion where he has been banging in the goals” - Ernestina Quarmyne, sports enthusiast Accra.
“I will go for Kwadwo Asamoah because he was key at this year's Afcon where the Black Stars finished fourth. He is technically good, physically strong and has a good mental character. He played in most of the qualifiers before Ghana got the ticket to Brazil 2014. I strongly believe there is no turning back for Kwadwo Asamoah and he deserves the award” - Godwin Marfo, New Mighty FM, Mampong.
“Asamoah Gyan is the man. He has done so much for Ghana. Which includes scoring most of the goals that helped us to qualify for the World Cup. He is so committed and ready to die for Ghana” - Prof Eric Asare, University of Maine, USA.
“I prefer Mahatma Otoo to win the award. He won the goalking with Accra Hearts of Oak, he lifted them from the relegation zone to the top ranks of the league and has not been all that bad at his Norwegian club Sogndal” - Baboucarr Fallaboweh Jallow, Soccer Café, Sweden.