The month of April’s edition was indeed one of a kind. Iconic football personalities graced the occasion to make it a memorable one. GARFA wishes to use this avenue to welcome all investors to come on board in terms of sponsorship to help promote our various leagues (GARFA Division Two, GARFA Women Division One, GARFA Third Division and GARFA Juvenile Competitions) to help us project and reward our young talents to the rest of the world.
The various award categories included best referee, coach and player for the month of April for both male and female. Out of over 160 referees, 3 were nominated where only one was adjudged the best center referee. Derrick Commey, a Class 1 referee, emerged the winner, competing with Jerry Adabla a Class 2 referee and Lawrence Opoku Asare, a Class 1 referee. Col. DSK Amengor, an astute Retired FIFA Badged Referee of 1972 fame, presented the award (branded plaque, referee uniform, flags, caution cards and whistle) to Derrick Commey. The nominees also received an autographed football each.
The best assistant referee category also had three nominations. Derrick Quartey, a Class 1 referee was adjudged the winner over Thomas Nyanie Gberbie, class 2 referee and Francis Koomson a Class 1 referee. C.W Okai, a well respect and Retired FIFA Referee of 1992 fame, who officiated South Africa vs Nigeria coronation match, presented the award (plaque, referee uniform, flags and whistle) to Derrick Quartey.
Similarly, out of 91 Division Two clubs, 3 were shortlisted from their outstanding performance replicated on the league table. The coaches of these clubs were the nominees for the month of April best coach award category. Alhassan Yussif of Still Believe Football Club emerged the winner for the month of April Best Coach Award Scheme, outwitting great contenders like Accra Athletic FC’s Tonny Lokko, Jacob Nettey of Banana Inn FC and Nana Kwaku Agyemang of Progen FC.
Mr. George Aforklenyei, the League Board Chairman for GARFA presented the award (plaque, tactical board, stop watch and whistle) to the winner.
The size of GARFA Division Two League is huge, as a result, any player nominated for the best player category must indeed be a genius. The league host about 3,000 players and only 3 were shortlisted and nominated for the best player award category for the month of April. Benjamin Arhin of Dansoman Wise XI FC emerged winner after contending with Confidence F. Larbi of Ghana Eagles FC and Musibau Aziz of Still Believe FC. Legendary Bernard Dong Bortey of Accra Hearts of Oak fame, presented the award (plaque, football boot and shin guard) to the winner.
Visit our website www.gafootball.org to infer from the criteria used to adjudge the best of each of these categories.
The GARFA Women Division One league is gradually gaining attention in the football space, as it had a number of players called to serve the various national teams. There are 20 Women Division One clubs and 3 were shortlisted for their outstanding performances replicated on their league table, hence, having their coaches being nominated as best coaches for the month of April.
Richard Banaman of Jonina Ladies Football Club was crowned winner, outwitting both Anita Wiredu-Mintah of Immigration FC and Jorge Watson of Epiphany Ladies Football Club.
Mrs. Gifty Oware-Mensah, C.E.O of Berry Ladies Football Club presented the award (branded plaque,tactical board,stop watch and whistle) to the best coach for the month of April, Richard Bannerman of Jonina Ladies FC.
The women football has an average size of 600 players and only three were nominated for the best player award category, where one was adjudged the winner. Thelma Baffour of Jonina Ladies Football Club was crowned the winner for the month of April best player category. Her competitors were Mercy Attobrah of Halifax Ladies Football Club and a 12 year old Vida Adu Boafo of Besiktas Ladies Football Club. Madam Matilda Djimedo, a team member of Ghana Football Communication and Vice Chairperson of GARFA Women Division One League,presented the award (plaque, football boot and shin guard) to Thelma Baffour of Jonina Ladies FC.
GARFA recognized and awarded all Hat trickers, Hauls and Gluts in the month of April with autographed footballs each.
We are committed to appreciating these young talents while they can play and also projecting and promoting football icons who have made great impact on the field of play and in the realm of football administration.