Accra, Ghana – In a thrilling ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC) on Sunday, June 25, 2023, Ajax star Mohammed Kudus was crowned the Footballer of the Year at the prestigious 2023 Ghana Football Awards. The 22-year-old emerged victorious over tough competition from Genk forward Joseph Paintsil and Lens midfielder Abdul Salis Samed, solidifying his position as one of Ghana’s brightest football talents.
The Ghana Football Awards, an annual event that celebrates outstanding achievements in Ghanaian football, recognized the remarkable performances and contributions of players, coaches, and clubs in both male and female football categories. The event brought together the who’s who of Ghanaian football, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.
Kudus, known for his exceptional technical skills and versatility on the field, has been making waves in European football since joining Dutch club Ajax in 2020. His consistently impressive performances have earned him recognition not only in Ghana but also internationally. Winning the Footballer of the Year award is a testament to Kudus’ dedication, talent, and impact on the game.
The awards ceremony also celebrated other outstanding individuals and teams in Ghanaian football. ASFAR’s Blessing Shine Agbomdzi claimed the title of Women’s Footballer of the Year, showcasing her prowess and influence in the sport. Evans Adotey, the coach of Medeama, was honored as the Men’s Coach of the Year, while Nana Joe Adarkwa, the coach of Ampem Darkoa Ladies, received the Women’s Coach of the Year accolade.
Additionally, Ernest Nuamah, representing FC Nordsjaelland, was awarded the Odartey Lamptey Future Star Award, highlighting his potential to become a future star in Ghanaian football. Medeama SC, a prominent club in Ghana, was voted as the Male Club of the Year, showcasing their excellence and success in the sport.
The 2023 Ghana Football Awards recognized several other notable achievements, including the Goalkeeper of the Year, Home-based Footballer of the Year, Goal of the Year, and various other categories. The event aimed to honor the hard work, talent, and dedication that drives Ghanaian football forward while inspiring the next generation of players and enthusiasts.
As Ghana continues to produce exceptional football talents, the Ghana Football Awards serve as a platform to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments. Mohammed Kudus’ crowning as the Footballer of the Year solidifies his status as a rising star, bringing pride and excitement to football fans across the nation. His journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring players and reinforces Ghana’s reputation as a hotbed of talent in the footballing world.
Below is the full list of winners at the 2023 Ghana Football Awards:
Footballer of the Year
Mohammed Kudus – Ajax
Women’s Footballer of the Year
Blessing Shine Agbomdzi – ASFAR, Morocco
Men’s Coach of the Year
Evans Adotey – Medeama
Women’s Coach of the Year
Nana Joe Adarkwa – Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Odartey Lamptey Future Star Award
Ernest Nuamah – FC Nordsjaelland
Goalkeeper of the Year
Felix Kyei – Medeama
Home-based Footballer of the Year (Male)
Sampson Eduku -Tamale City
Home-based Footballer of the Year (Female)
Mary Amponsah – Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Ghana Premier League Goal King
Women’s Premier League Goal Queen
Princess Owusua – Fabulous Ladies
Goal of the Year
Serge-Eric Zeze – Asante Kotoko
Best Ghanaian Club CEO
Moses Parker – Medeama
Male Team of the Year
Female Team of the Year
Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Best African International
Victor Osimhen – Napoli
Most Vibrant Club on Social Media
Special Fan (s) of the Year
Die Hard Supporters Union
Thumbs Up Award
Living Legend Award
Sir Sam Jonah