Accra Hearts of Oak coach Samuel Boadu a.k.a “Pep Guardiola”has been named the best coach of the year at the 2021 Ghana Football Awards.
The exciting master tactician scooped the prestigious award for the first time at the third edition of the Ghana Football Awards held at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Center (AICC) on Saturday 3rd July 2021.
This year’s edition of the Ghana Football Awards was graced by top dignitaries including the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, clubs administrators, musicians, celebrities, journalists, former footballers, and Ghanaian football Stars.
Hearts of Oak was the club with the most awards of the night, with Ibrahim Salifu winning the home-based player of the year.
Coach Samuel Boadu has had an incredible results in the ongoing Ghana Premier League.
Former national U15 and current Ghana U20 assistant coach beats off competition from Great Olympics’ Annor Walker and Ghana U20 gaffer Karim Zito to clinch the prestigious award.
Boadu is currently touted as one of the highly-rated tacticians in the local scene following his exploits at Hearts of Oak and Medeama SC.
He joined Hearts of Oak on a three-and-half year deal prior to the commencement of the second round of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season after managing the continental club masters, Accra Hearts oak to win 11 matches out of 15, 2draws and lose only 3.
He was also adjudged coach of the month for May after leading the club to a perfect May.
Hearts of Oak won five Premier League games and lost one, scoring 8 and conceding two, a run of form that saw the Phobians jump from fifth to first in the Premier League table.
Samuel Boadu is a native of Tepa in the Ashanti Region but was born in Kumasi on February 24, 1986.
Samuel Boadu started his football career at Real Ambassadors, a Colts club at Tema, and RTU Colts club, Kumasi. He tasted football at the second division level with Ahmadiyya Stars before moving to Ashanti Heroes and later to Bibiani Gold Stars in Division One.
He also featured in the Ghana Premier League with GHAPOHA in the 2000-2001 season and moved to Berekum Arsenal for three seasons from 2001-2003 then later to Prestea Mines Stars from 2003-2007. He later travelled abroad to play in Burkina Faso for Asfa Yennega but was forced to retire from football following an injury in 2008.
Nicknamed ‘Pep Guardiola’ in the coaching circles, he has had the privilege to handle Fantomas FC, a Colts club in Kumasi 2008. Boadu led Shooting Stars FC to the Ashanti Regional Second Division Middle League Finals in 2017.
He has also had stints with Honeymoon FC, Latex Foam to Middle League Final 2015, and FC Porto, a Division Two club where he orchestrated their final appearance in the 2008-2009 middle League. Before his move to Medeama SC, Samuel Boadu, spent five seasons at Kumasi-based Division One League side Asokwa Deportivo before moved to medeama SC and the Phobian family.
Coach Samuel Boadu is CAF Coaching Licence “A” holder ..
Coach Samuel Bosch is hoping to clinch his first top-flight league title with the Phobians as a manager.
Below is the full list of winners at the 2021 Ghana Football Awards
Women’s Coach of the Year
Mercy Tagoe — Berry Ladies
Men’s Coach of the Year
Samuel Boadu- Accra Hearts of Oak
Thumbs Up Award
Dr. Dan Mckorley (McDan Foundation)
Living Legend Award
Women’s Team of the Year
Men’s Team of the Year
Accra Hearts of Oak
Odartey Lamptey’s Future Star Award
Abdul Fatawu Issahaku — Steadfast FC
Goalkeeper of the Year
Danlad Ibrahim — King Faisal FC
Women’s Footballer of the Year
Ophelia Amponsah — Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Home-Based Player of the Year
Ibrahim Salifu- Hearts of Oak
Player of the Decade
Best Ghanaian CEO
Nana Yaw Amponsah — Asante Kotoko
Footballer of the Year
Goal of the Year
Nasiru Moro — Legon Cities
Most Vibrant Club on Social Media
Accra Great Olympics
Best African International Award
Edouard Mendy — Chelsea/Senegal