The Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) has honoured players, clubs, officials and some sponsors who in one way or another contributed to the success of the just-ended GLO Top 4 soccer tournament.
The ceremony, held at the La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra last Saturday, was attended by important dignitaries including Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA); Emmanuel Adotey, Chairman of GHALCA; Mohamed Jamil, Group Chief Operations Officer of GLOBACOM; with General Seyi Memene, 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) being the special guest of honour.
Liberty Professionals' dependable midfielder, Daniel Yeboah was adjudged the best player of the tournament. He took home a trophy, a television set, a DVD player and an Accra-Cairo-Accra air ticket.
Mr. Nyantakyi, who chaired the function, said the ceremony was “an important one because the Top 4 event is just like the Champion of Champions.
“We want to depart from the practice whereby even before the start of the championship, people would guess who wins the league between Hearts of Oak and Kotoko. We are looking forward to the days where other teams will also be winning the Premier League,” GFA boss stressed.
Mr. Adotey admitted that this year's GLO Top 4 Soccer Tournament recorded unimaginable low turnout at the gates which indeed reduced drastically cash earnings for the clubs and GHALCA.
“However it would go down in the history books as the most competitive championship.”
Some Personalities who received Special Awards included Kudjo Fianoo, former GHALCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Kwabena Yeboah, Editor of Africa Sports newspaper; Jordan Anagblah, Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association; J.Y. Appiah, former GHALCA Chairman; and Mr. Nyantakyi.
The four clubs that took part in the competition namely Berekum Arsenals, Kpando Heart of Lions, Asante Kotoko and Liberty Professionals were each presented with certificates of participation. While Kotoko received GH¢10,000, winner of the tournament, Liberty, took home GH¢50,000.
Other Award winners included Francis Akwafo of Asante Kotoko, Top Scorer; Yaw Antwi of Liberty Professionals, Best Goal of the Tournament; while Vivian Agor emerged the Best Referee. Each of them took home a trophy and a television set.
Daniel Adjei of Liberty Professionals, who was adjudged the Best Defender, was also regarded as the Discovery of the Tournament as he took home a trophy and a fridge while Asante Kotoko won the Fair Play Award.
By Pierre Toto