In order to honor the best African association football players, CAF Awards ceremony was held in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday.
The night organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was really disappointing for Ghana. Unluckily, Ghana got only 3 nominees on the whole and the worst part is that even this did not work as Ghana didn’t get an award for them too.
And Ghanaian representatives came away with nothing, and have again proved this year as the “bad football year” by their own standards. The Black Queens were cut off from the initial list of four nominees for the Women’s Team of the Year gong, even before the event.
Elizabeth Addo, the Black Queens Team captain went searching for the Women’s Player of the Year at the gala proper. The three-goal scorer at the 2016 Women’s AfCON faced competition from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala & Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene. But Asisat Oshoala won the award for the second time.
Eric Ayiah, the under-17 captain and women’s under-17 and under-20 striker Sandra Owusu-Ansah made a cut and were the two Ghanaian faces in the Youth Player of the Year category.
Ayiah led the Black Starlets to qualify for the 2017 Under-17 AFCON, while Owusu-Ansah netted twice at 2016 Women’s Under-17 and once at Under-20 World Cups. But here too, the award did not come to Ghana. Arsenals Alex Iwobi won the award.
The story doesn’t end here Ghana even failed to have a representation in the Africa Finest XI. On the contrary Ghana’s Charles Kumi Gyamfi was handed the African Legend Award and deputy Black Stars skipper Andre Ayew made the Africa Finest XI at the 2015 CAF awards.
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