The Greater Accra Regional Football Association successfully held its maiden edition of GARFA MONTHLY AWARDS for January at the Media Centre of the Accra Sports Stadium on February 23, 2023
In attendance were the Ghana Football Association’s Director of Coaching Education, Prof. Joseph Kwame Mintah, Retired FIFA Referee and Chairman for Greater Accra Referees Association, Mr. Alex Quartey, Ex-Black Star International, Yaw Preko, Legendary Charles Taylor, formerly of Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak fame, Administrative Manager for Ghana Football Association’s Technical Directorate, Mr. Caesar Kemeh, Assistant Regional Instructor for CAF License D course, Mr. Burton Asare Wilson, famous actress Pascaline Edwards and many others.
The award categories included Best Referee , Best Coach and Best Player for the month of January.
The nominees for referees were; Confidence Adjetey Bless CIII, Lieutenant Cornelius Nettey CI and Festus Bewu CTY.
Lieutenant Cornelius Nettey emerged as the Best Referee for the month of January. He was presented with referees uniform, flags, caution cards, whistle and award plaque.
For the category of Best Player, nominees were;
Nathaniel Nunoo (Midfielder) of Ghana Immigration FC.
He played 5 matches, scored 1 goal and was won 2 Most Valuable Player awards. Jeremiah Allotey (Left Winger) of Remar Ghana Football Club, played 4 matches, scored 1 goal and won 3 MVP. Emmanuel Osei (Accrean Verum Ipsum) played 4 matches, scored 5 goals and won 3 MVP. Bismark (Midfielder) of Golden Boys FC played 5 matches, scored 4 goals and won 3 MVP. Musibau Aziz (Forward of Still Believe FC) played 5 matches, scored 6 goals and won 2 MVP.
GARFA’s Technical Directorate adjudged Emmanuel Osei as the best player of the month of January according to the statistics from match reports. He received an autographed football, footballboot, shin guard and an award plaque.
For the Coaches, the following were nominated; Emmanuel Pentem of Panthers FC (5-Matches, 2-Wins, 3-Draws, 0-Lost, 9-Goals, 3-Goals conceded and 9 points).
Nana Kwaku Agyemang (5-Matches, 3-Wins, 2-Draws, 0 – Lost, 13-Goals, 4-Goals Conceded and 11 points). Joyce Aku Menns of Desideros FC (4-Matches, 3-Wins, 1-Draw, 0 – Lost, 12-Goals, 1-Goals Conceded, 10-Points. Emmanuel Kweku Addo of Faith Soccer Academy (5-Matches, 2-Wins, 3-Draw, 0-Lost, 8-Goals, 2-Goals Conceded and 9 points).
Tony Lokko of Accra Athletic FC (4-Matches, 4-Wins, 0-Draw, 0-Lost, 7-Goals, 2-Goals Conceded, 12-Points).
Awudu Issaka of FC RAISA(5-Matches, 3-Wins, 1-Draw, 7-Goals, 5-Goals conceded, 10-Points).
George Otchie of Charity Stars Football Club (5-Matches, 4-Wins, 1-Draw, 0-Lost, 8-Goals, 2-Goals Conceded and accumulated 13 points).
With reference to the above statistics, the GARFA Technical Directorate adjudged Tony Lokko as the Best Coach for the month of January.
He received an autographed football, a tactical board, stop watch and an award plaque.
Kindly visit www.gafootball.org for a much more detailed information on the criteria used for the various award categories.
The Executive Council of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association were present in their numbers to grace the occasion.
The ceremony was in two parts as Graduates from CAF License D Course were presented with their certificates and had an orientation session.
The Director of Coaching Education (Ghana Football Association) in the person of Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah , encouraged graduates to use their acquired knowledge to advance the course of grassroot football.
He encouraged them to have the mindset to progress to higher levels of the CAF Licensing program.
“Though one of your Instructors (Burton Asare Wilson) has mentioned that, you will need to practice for two years before proceeding to the next level, which is a necessary criteria, I am convinced from my engagement with previous batches that, a year of practice is enough to enable a CAF License D holder to progress to CAF License C course”.
The Chairman of Greater Accra Regional Football Association, Mr. Samuel Aboabire reiterated the same points made by Prof. Mintah, on the need to put to use their knowledge as there are about 800 Clubs in the region from Juvenile, Division 3 , Women Division 1 and Division 2 willing to provide internship avenues for coaches who will request through the office.
The Chairman thanked all who contributed immensely to the success of the program especially the various committees who provided the relevant information for adjudging the best coach, player and referee of the month of January.
GARFA MONTHLY AWARDS has come to stay.