The golden boot spot in the Ghana Premier League is one daunting of a task for players who find themselves in the league, particularly strikers.
It’s always difficult for center forwards who set their target on clinching the golden boots gong in the Ghana Premier League. Surprisingly, this is an accolade that a player has scored as little as EIGHT goals to win it in the competitions history.
Here are some top scorers in the last eight seasons in the League.
2010/11 – Nana Poku (Berekum Arsenals) – 14 goals
In the 2010/11 season, mask man Nana Poku scored 14 goals for Berekum Arsenals and helped his team who placed 11th on the table that year. The 27-year-old moved on from the club and has featured for eleven different teams. The forward is now leading the line for Qatari side Al Markhiya after he signed for them on July, 15 2019.
2011/12 – Emmanuel Baffour (New Edubiase) – 21 goals
Following his impressive scoring spree with New Edubiase in the 2011/12 season, the striker became the first player to net 21 goals or more in the league since Ishmael Addo in 2001 (22).
The 31year-old goal machine had already featured for two Ghana Premier League teams before moving to Edubiase, and after a sparkling season he then received a lucrative offer from South African side Mamelody Soundowns.
Baffour didn’t impress in South Africa hence was released by the club the following season, he then featured for two different teams and is now with Ashanti Gold who are currently making waves in the league.
He was named in the Black Stars’ provisional 25-man squad for the 2012 African Cup of Nations but did not make the tournament’s final 23-man squad. He made his national team debut against Chile on 29 February in the USA.
2012/13 – Mahatma Otoo (Hearts Of Oak) – 20 goals
Currently with Bandirmaspor in the Turkish third tier side, Mahatma Otoo was an impressive goal poacher during the 2012/13 season.
It’s true he didn’t better Baffour’s tally but at least came close with twenty (20) goals and became the first for a Hearts player since Ishmael Addo scored 21 in 2002.
The 28-year-old went on to play for six different teams including Tunisia’s heavyweights Esperance.
2013/14 – Augustine Okrah (Bechem United) – 16 goals
With sixteen goals in the 2013/14 campaign, the 26-year-old attacking midfielder excited everyone who watched or followed the Ghana Premier League during his incredible form for Bechem United.
It was always a surprise to see an attacking player win the golden boot gong, an accolade mostly dominated by strikers. Okrah was one of the best players in the league, a player who could score plenty goals as well as turning as a provider.
The skilled play-maker has already featured for nine different clubs including four of them which were outside the country. He’s currently playing for Asante Kotoko, a team he lasted for just a season after signing for the fabulous in 2012.
2014/15 – Kofi Owusu (Berekum Chelsea) – 19 goals
2015 was simply meant and decorated for Berekum Chelsea striker Kofi Owusu. With 15 appearances and scoring 19 goals in the process became one of the prolific center forwards the league has ever produced to have won the Golden boot.
Following his second spell at the club, Owusu has also featured for three different Ghana Premier League clubs including Aduana stars and Ashanti gold.
His only move abroad was when he signed for Egyptian outfit Aswan SC in 2016, a team where Owusu never looked to flourish after playing nine games without scoring a single goal.
2015/16 – (Kwesi Donsu Medeama & Yahaya Mohammed Aduana stars) – 15 goals
A stiff competition for the 2015/16 golden boot race between young Kwasi Donsu and Yahaya Mohammed.
It was a difficult campaign for journalist and fans to pick the best during that season after both were tied with 15 goals apiece. Two of the best players in the league that season, it was simply an outstanding campaign both players had four years back. For the 24-year-old Donsu, his attributes were quite unique during that season.
The midfield netted 8+ goals from direct free kick and a couple more from the penalty box, always a dead ball specialist and he almost looks to score when his team get a free kick just outside the box.
He was simply a joy to watch. Donsu then had a cameo loan spell in USA with Switchbacks FC but he’s now back again with Medeama SC.
On the other hand, a 28-year- Yahaya Mohammed was also with his scoring boots on. Netting 15 goals in 10 appearances during that season for Aduana stars was one of the greatest season the striker has ever had in the premier league.
The 32-year-old has also gone on to play for eight different teams, despite moving to abroad he came back to shine once more during the 2019/20 campaign where he scored 11 goals for the Ogya boys only to have it being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2017 – Hans Kwofie (Ashanti Gold) – 17 goals
Currently Playing for Singida United in Tanzania, Kwofie is now featuring for his fifth different club in his footballing career at the moment. The stellar forward unlocked every defense during the 2017 season.
The 31-year-old gunman had a perfect season for AshantiGold as his 17 goals proved to be very crucial for the miners who escaped relegation with just two points above the drop zone. It was an unforgettable campaign for Ashanti Gold and Hans Kwofie as the striker signed off the season in a deft fashion after netting FOUR goals on matchday 30 against Aduana Stars.
2018 – Hafiz Konkani (Bechem United) – 8 goals
2018 was simply decorated for 20-year-old Hafiz Konkani who sparked the Ghana Premier league with dazzling performance.
During this campaign it was very clear the strikers from the league lost their scoring boots and it became the first time a goal king has won the accolade without grabbing double figures in the competitions history.
Konkani has his name on every fans lips during that season and after loan spells abroad the young lad is back once more with his parent club Bechem United.
The 2020/21 is scheduled to kickoff in September and football fans simply can’t wait to see their teams have a go at it once more.
By Derrick Ayim