History of PLB Awards; Past winners
As the PLB awards come off tomorrow, 16th June, for the very 1st time in Kumasi, the soccer crazy city of Ghana, there is the need to know the previous winners of the awards.
The Premier League Board, which is the organizers of the Ghana Premier league is the same body which organizes PLB awards night to honour some distinguished personalities who have contributed immensely to the success of a football season.
The PLB awards night began in 2005, but before that, there were awards like the Toyota most exciting player of the season, which started in the mid 1980's, which awarded players like Abedi Pele, Joe Debrah, Shamo Quaye, Prince Amoako, for excelling in a football season.
This award was taken over by ABC/ FA Awards, organized by both the sponsors of the league and the GFA for the 1997/98.
The 1997/98 ABC/FA awards which took place in February 1999, named the awards after some distinguished personalities.
The top scorer award was named Edward Acquah Golden boot, which was won by Joe Fameyeh; the best player was named Abedi Pele most treasured player award, which was also won by Joe Fameyeh; the best goalkeeper was named, Robert Mensah best keeper award, which was won by Robertson; the best referee was named Major George Lamptey award for best match official, which was won by referee Alex Quartey and the best coach was named C.K Gyamfi award for best coach, which was won by Oti Akenten (All Blacks)
WINNERS OF THE AWARDS, SINCE 2005
Most valuable player: Issah Ahmed (Kotoko)
Best defender: Sheriff Dan Ladi (Feyenoord)
Best goalkeeper: Philemon McCarthy (Feyenoord)
Coach of the year: Francis Oti Akenten (King Faisal)
Best behaved centre (Fair play award): WA (Venue for Wa All Stars)
Chairman of the year: Felix Ansong (Liberty)
Referee of the year: J.K Mortey (Tema)
Most valuable player: Kweku Essien (King Faisal)
Note: The most valuable player, Kwaku Essien, took home VW Golf car.
Goal King: Emmanuel Clottey (Olympics)
Defender of the season: Isaac Vorsah (Kotoko)
Coach of the season- Hans Vander Plyum( Hearts of Lions)
Most Promising Goalkeeper: Ernest Sowah (Tema Youth)
Most Improved Club Award: Great Olympics
Highest Scoring Club: Heart of Lions
Discovery of the Season Award: Alhaji Saanie
Chairman of the season: - Eric Afotey Odai - Great Olympics.
Referee of the season :Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo
Best behaved centre Carl Reindorf Stadium( Home of Liberty Professionals)
Fair play award: Feyenoord.
Most valuable player: Eric Bekoe(Kotoko),
The most valuable, Eric Bekoe took home, VW Saloon car
Top scorer: Eric Bekoe (Kotoko)
Best defender: Harrison Afful (Kotoko)
Best goalkeeper: Abdoulaye Soulemana (Asante Kotoko)
Discovery of the Season Award-Kofi Abanga( Hearts of Oak)
Best CEO -Sylvester Owusu (Kotoko)
Referee of the season: William Agbovi
Best Assistant (Haruna Ayuba)
Fair Play Team Award (Kumasi-based King Faisal)
Most valuable player: Joseph Ato Bissah ( Hasaacas)
No Car given to the most valuable player
Top scorer: Alex Asamoah(Kotoko)
Best defender: Lee Addy(Berekum Chelsea)
Most Promising Player of the year: Tawrick Jibril (Hearts)
Discovery of the season: Mahatma Otoo (Sporting Mirren)
Coach of the season: Paa Kwesi Fabin, (Heart of Lions)
Referee of the season: Samuel K. Gyasi
Chairman of the year : Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II, known in private life as Thomas Okine (Hearts)
Most Valuable player:Mahatma Otoo
The Golden Boot award :Bismark Idan (Kessben) and Samuel Affum (Hearts of Oak)
Most Promising Player: Godfred Saka – Aduana Stars
Best CEO: Kujoe Fianoo – AshantiGold
Best Referee:Thomas Nunoo
Best Assistant Referee: David Laryea
Best Match Commissioner:Augustine Asante
Fair Play: Berekum Chelsea
Best Behaved Club Supporters:Liberty Professionals
PLB Video Cameraman:Stephen Asamoah
Best Functional Premier League Club Office: AshantiGold and Hearts of Oak.
Note: Aduana Stars, the league champions took home aTata pick-up vehicle, this time instead of the winner of the most valuable player taking home a car, rather the league champions took home a car
Most valuable player: Ahmed Toure ( Kotoko)
Goal King: Nana Poku (Berekum Arsenal)
Defender of the season: Rashid Sumaila(Dwarfs)
Best goalkeeper: Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea)
Coach of the season: Orlando Willington (Berekum Chelsea)
The Best CEO award Obed Nana Kwame Nketia(Chelsea)
Best referee: Thomas Nunoo
Best Assistant Referee A.S Malik
Best Behaved CenterWa Park (Wa All Stars)
Best Match Commissioner Mr. Francis Dogbatse
Note: Chelsea took home 12-seater van