Continent’s Finest up for Ghana’s Best African International Award

Continent’s Finest up for Ghana’s Best African International Award
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The stage is set for a thrilling battle in the highly contested Best African International Award at the Ghana Football Awards. Nigeria's Victor Osimhen, Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, and Morocco's Yassine Bounou will be vying for the crown. The quartet's exceptional performances throughout the season have earned them well-deserved recognition on the international stage.

Victor Osimhen

Nigeria and Napoli

Super Eagles Victor Osimhen's inclusion in the nominees list comes as no surprise; given his remarkable achievements in the 2022/23 Serie A campaign. Leading Napoli to their first league title in over three decades, Osimhen's sensational tally of 26 goals made him the first-ever African player to secure the Serie A top scorer award. His exploits also earned him the prestigious title of Serie A's Best Striker for the season.

Yassine Bounou

Morocco and Sevilla

Completing the quartet is Morocco's exceptional goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou. His exploits for Sevilla, including winning the Europa League and reaching the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semifinals with Morocco, have elevated him to the ranks of Africa's finest goalkeepers. His performances on both the domestic and international stage have earned him widespread praise and recognition as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Riyad Mahrez

Algeria and Manchester City

Algeria's captain, Riyad Mahrez, emerges as a favorite for the award, with Manchester City, on the verge of an unprecedented treble. Displaying his prowess with 15 goals and 13 assists in a staggering 47 appearances across various competitions, Mahrez has proven to be an integral part of City's relentless pursuit of glory.

Mohamed Salah

Egypt and Liverpool

Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian maestro, has rightfully earned his place on the elite shortlist, dazzling the Anfield faithful with his unwavering brilliance for Liverpool. With an impressive record of 30 goals and 16 assists in 51 games, Salah's impact on the grand stage has been undeniable.

The Best African International Award promises an intense battle among these outstanding players. The competition is fierce, with each nominee having left an indelible mark on their respective teams. Their performances have not only earned personal accolades but have also propelled their clubs to new heights.

As the anticipation builds, football enthusiasts eagerly await the announcement of the winner. The Best African International award will undoubtedly be a testament to the extraordinary talent and dedication of these players, who continue to inspire millions across the continent and beyond.

What is Ghana Football Awards?

The Ghana Football Awards is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of Ghanaian football players, coaches, and individuals in the football industry. It honors excellence in various categories, such as Best Male/Female Player, Coach of the Year, and Goalkeeper of the Year. The awards are determined through a combination of public votes and expert opinions from a panel of football experts, journalists, and former players. The event aims to showcase the talents of Ghanaian footballers, promote the growth of Ghanaian football, and bring together stakeholders to celebrate the sport.

The Ghana Football Awards is a prestigious ceremony in the Ghanaian football calendar, acknowledging outstanding contributions to the sport. It provides recognition for players, coaches, and teams while elevating the profile of Ghanaian football both domestically and internationally. By celebrating achievements and inspiring future success, the awards contribute to the development and promotion of football in Ghana.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago