Asamoah Gyan, Cudjoe Win Awards In Asia, Us

kak ShgldASAMOAH Gyan has been handed the inevitable Top Scorer’s award in the just ended Asian Champions League.

The 28-year-old struck 12 goals in the continental contest to win the award.

Gyan scored seven goals in the group stage of the competition and five in the knockout stages for Al Ain.

His goals were however not enough to help the Boss to the finals of the Champions League as they fell at the semi final stage 4-2 on aggregate to Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal.

Gyan’s tally was two more than his closest rival – Al Hilal’s Nasser Al-Shamrani.

The Black Stars captain only received his top scorer’s prize for last season’s Arabian Gulf League a few weeks back – his third consecutive time.

He is currently nursing an injury which should heal in time for him to join the Ghana squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

In another development, Black Princesses young star Jennifer Cudjoe has been named the Region 2 National Junior College Athlete Association’s Best Player of the Year 2014 in America.

The Ghana Under-20 female soccer team’s attacking midfielder won the prestigious award after an excellent performance for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in the region championship, scoring 18 goals with nine assists.

“Getting this award is a massive honour because when the season started that was my target. It’s great to win it and I am delighted,” an excited Cudjoe, affectionately called ‘Kaka’, told Goal Ghana.

“I always try my best for the team and it is nice to get awards but really this is for my team-mates and the staff at Neo because without their help I wouldn’t have this prize. This is for my team-mates and staff and for my sisters and family,” the Ghanaian added.

Cudjoe is a sister of Black Queens’ star player Elizabeth Cudjoe.

*There are reports that world governing body FIFA has paid Ghana’s prize money of $8 million for participation in the 2014 World Cup.

According to sources, the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association is set to meet on November 7 to deliberate on disbursement of the prize money.

The Ex-Co is expected to take decisions on reimbursing the government of Ghana for its investment in the team prior to the competition in Brazil, as well as taking key decisions on what to do with the money that would be left for the GFA.

Our sources further reveal that part of the money would also be used to settle former Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah’s outstanding entitlements.

At the same meeting, which will be chaired by GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi, the Ex-co will also discuss the delay to the start of the 2014/2015 season, as well as making a decision on who becomes the next Black Stars head coach.

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