Who are the GPL top scorers? From year to year, the name of the Golden Boot winner of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) changes.
Since 2001, no player has won the GPL top scorer award back-to-back. The name changes every season.
It shows how competitive the league is. The list of GPL top scorers contains several notable names, including George Alhassan, Anthony Yeboah, Charles Amoah, Ishmael Addo and Thomas Boakye.
As the new season is about to kick off, let us review the GPL top scorers list. It is alright for us to know what the players in the new season are up against.
When does the new GPL season kick off?
If this guy breaks Ishmael Addo’s record, I will call for his statue to be built at Adako Jachie 😕 pic.twitter.com/Ydc6mxCJFe
— Listo 4 George Afriyie & against Achee (@Listo_Mens) June 14, 2022
The Ghana Premier League 2023/24 season is about to kick off, with the draws for the new season set for the Eastern Premier Hotel on Tuesday, 29 August.
The event to decide the sequence of the league matches will take place at the Eastern Premier Hotel in Koforidua, Eastern Region.
The initial date for the draw was 25 August, but there was a date change.
The match day one fixtures will be played from Friday, September 15, 2023, to Monday, September 18, 2023.
The ball is already in motion to see whether Medeama will retain their title or if the fans will witness a new champion.
We also wait to see if Abednego Tetteh will retain his title as the top shot in the GPL or if the GPL top scorers list will have a new name.
GPL top scorers list – Why has no player retained his title since 2001?
There has been a recurring decimal since 2001. Ishmael Addo is the last man to win the top scorers award in the GPL in back-to-back seasons. The former Hearts of Oak striker won the award three seasons in a row.
GPL top scorers
Yaw Annor 20 goals
Frank Mbella 20 goals pic.twitter.com/w48zuze9l3
— Afia Empress 🇬🇭❤️ (@SistaAfia_) June 2, 2022
Dan Owusu is the only other player in the GPL top scorers list to achieve the same feat. He won the award from 1974 – 1976. He scored 24, 26 and 28 goals respectively, more than Ishmael Addo’s 19, 21, and 22 goals from 1999 – 2001.
Dan Owusu also holds the record for most goals scored in a season – 28.
The other players who have won it multiple times include Anane Kobo (1983 and 84), Anthony Yeboah (86, 87) and Kofi Deblah (96, 97).
George Alhassan (1977, 1985), Muhammed Choo (1978, 1982) and Opoku Afriyie (1979, 1981) also won it twice but not back-to-back.
The other players since 2001 who have not managed to defend their titles have one common denominator. They always seem to be changing clubs the season after winning the Hotshot award.
Charles Diawisie Taylor left Karela United for club Future FC in 2022. Hans Kwofie joined Smouha FC in 2018 after entering the GPL top scorers list in 2017.
Others include 2016 winner Latif Blessing, who signed for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.
Owusu did not return to Berekum Chelsea's pre-season training after a successful season. He signed a four-year contract on 1 February 2016 with Egyptian club Aswan SC.
Did Abednego Tetteh specially request this song at the presentation of his award as GPL Goal King 👑 😀 pic.twitter.com/lfjKV7CcXo
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) June 25, 2023
2014 winner Augustine Okrah joined BK Häcken in 2014 and joined Sudanese side Al-Merrikh at the end of the season.
The others who left their clubs the season after winning the award are Mahatma Otoo to Norwegian side Sogndal, Emmanuel Baffour to Mamelodi Sundowns and Nana Poku to Israeli side Ashdod.
|1973–2023 Ghana Premier League Top Scorers|
|1973||Peter Lamptey||Hearts of Oak||26|
|1974||Dan Owusu||Bofoakwa Tano||24|
|1975||Dan Owusu||Bofoakwa Tano||26|
|1976||Dan Owusu||Bofoakwa Tano||28|
|1977||George Alhassan||Great Olympics||—|
|1978||Muhammed Choo||Real Tamale United||22|
|1979||Opoku Afriyie||Asante Kotoko||—|
|1980||Emmanuel Quarshie||Sekondi Hasaacas||18|
|1981||Opoku Afriyie||Asante Kotoko||21|
|1982||Muhammed Choo||Real Tamale United||15|
|1983||Anane Kobo||Real Tamale United||—|
|1984||Anane Kobo||Real Tamale United||—|
|1985||George Alhassan||Great Olympics||—|
|1988–89||Henry Acquah||Hearts of Oak||—|
|1990–91||Thomas Boakye||Asante Kotoko||—|
|1991–92||Abdul Mumuni||Dawu Youngstars||—|
|1993–94||Oscar Laud||Dawu Youngstars||—|
|1994–95||Charles Amoah||Okwawu United||—|
|1997–98||Joe Fameyeh||Hearts of Oak||—|
|1999||Ishmael Addo||Hearts of Oak||19|
|2000||Ishmael Addo||Hearts of Oak||21|
|2001||Ishmael Addo||Hearts of Oak||22|
Charles Asampong Taylor
Hearts of Oak
|2003||Shaibu Yakubu||Goldfields Obuasi||13|
|2004–05||Samuel Yeboah||Heart of Lions||—|
|2005||Prince Tagoe||Hearts of Oak||18|
|2006–07||Emmanuel Clottey||Great Olympics||14|
|2007–08||Eric Bekoe||Asante Kotoko||17|
|2008–09||Alex Asamoah||Asante Kotoko||16|
Hearts of Oak
|2010–11||Nana Poku||Berekum Arsenal||17|
|2011–12||Emmanuel Baffour||New Edubiase United||21|
|2012–13||Mahatma Otoo||Hearts of Oak||20|
|2015||Kofi Owusu||Berekum Chelsea||19|
|2016||Latif Blessing||Liberty Professionals||14|
|2017||Hans Kwofie||Ashanti Gold||17|
|2020–21||Ghana Diawisie Taylor||Karela United||18|
|2021–22||Yaw Annor||Ashanti Gold||24|
|2022–23||Abednego Tetteh||Bibiani Gold Stars FC||18|
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