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Essien wins league gong
Date: 09-Jun-2007       
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King Faisal player, Kweku Essien ends the season on a high note after he was named the premiershipís Best Player in Accra on Saturday during the Premier League Awards event.

The attacking midfielder was rewarded for a series of outstanding performances in the premier league that helped King Faisal avoid the drop.

Essien, who in the course of the season picked up the man-of-the-match awards on ten occasions beat off competition from Alhaji Sanni of AshantiGold and Liberty Professionalsí Kwadwo Asamoah to win the VW Gol salon car prize for the Best Player of the season award.

He joins former Asante Kotoko captain, Issah Ahmed as the second recipient in taking the Best Player of the season award.

The public contributed 40% while the select committee had 60% of the power in determining the award of the Best Player of the season award and other awards.

Heart of Lions coach, Hans Van Der Plyum after guiding his side to fourth place on the standings snatched the Coach of the season award from the top two managerís Mitko Dobrev Kostadinovic who guided Accra Hearts of Oak to the league title and David Duncan of AshantiGold.

Referee Mercy Tagoe picked the premierships Referee of the season award ahead of two male nominees.

A special award dubbed the GFA Presidentís Special Award was handed Alhaji Sanni, Ekow Benson and Emmanuel Clottey to encourage them continue with their impressive performances in their premiership debut.

Out of the 14 award categories, eight were decided by public voting through SMS messages, whilst the remaining six were determined by the expertise of the selected special committee.

The Premier League Awards instituted last season seeks to pat players, coaches, referees and administrators for their outstanding performances exhibited in the premiership.

Below are the award winners:

Non Public-Voting Awards
F.A employee of the season:

Felix Fafa
Kweku Ampem-darko
Barbara Caesar

Champion club:
Accra Hearts of Oak

Highest Scoring Team:
Kpando Heart of Lions

Goal king:
Emmanuel Clottey (Accra Great Olympics)

Best Player of the season:
Kwaku Essien (King Faisal)

Discovery of the season
Alhaji Sanni (AshantiGold FC)

Defender of the season:
Isaac Vorsah (Kumasi Asante Kotoko)

Referee of the season:
Mercy Tagoe

Most improved club of the season:
Accra Great Olympics

Most promising goal keeper of the season:
Ernest Sowah (Tema Youth)

Best behaved match centre:
Carl Reindorff (Liberty Professionals)

Coach of the season:
Hans Van Der Plyum (Heart of Lions)

Chairman of the season:
Eric Afotey Odai (Accra Great Olympics)

Fair play team of the season:
Fetteh Feyenoord
Source: Ghanafa.org

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