Liberia: Sidiki Kromah Beats Logan and Sheriff to Win LFA’s Most Valuable Player
Monrovia – Invincible Eleven striker Sidiki Kromah was named Liberia Football Association’s best at the annual awards ceremony held at the ministerial complex in Congo Town, Monrovia.
The former Monrovia Club Breweries striker, who joined IE during the January transfer window, got off competition from Watanga FC captain Farsedu Logan and LISCR FC midfielder Seku Sheriff.
By: Christopher C. Walker
Kromah scored 13 goals and registered three assists for the two clubs during the 2021/2022 season, a stat that may have attracted pundits, journalists, coaches, and captains.
The IE forward walked away with a new SUV jeep as prize for winning the 2021/2022 LFA League season MVP. In the women’s category, Guinean International and Determine Girls striker won the MVP title, beating off challenges from team-mate Pauline Agbotsu and Ambassador FC star player Edwardline Jackson.
Bountou Sylla of female champions Determine Girls was named the LFA best female player beating off challenges from team-mate Pauline Agbotsu and Ambassador FC star player Edwardline Jackson.
The Guinean International also collected four hundred thousand Liberian dollar for finishing the 2021/2022 League season as the highest goal scorer in the LFA Upper Women’s league.
Sylla also won herself a SUV jeep for winning the female MVP title. Watanga FC coach Robert Lartey was named best men’s coach, while Robertson Wanner, Determine Girls coach won female coach award, and current Nimba Kwado coach Jasper Beneflix, who promoted Cece United to the first division from the second division, won the best coach in the 2nd division, walking away with one hundred fifty thousand Liberian dollars.
For the first time, the Liberia Football Association presented awards to the best male and female fans of the season. Peaches Queengirl Johnson won the female fan of the year, while Samuel Johnson, who is popularly known in Liberian football, as “Walter Samuel” won the male fan of the year award.
The two fans got one hundred thousand Liberian dollars each. Liberian FIFA Batch Referee Hassan Konneh won the best referee award for the men’s category, while Sylvina Garnet won the women’s best referees award for the third time. The two winners collected two hundred thousand Liberian dollars each as cash prize. Bea Mountain defender, Kemoh Kamara, won the best defender of the year award, his third in his career.
The Liberian International collected two hundred thousand Liberian dollars as cash prize. Determine Girls captain Margret Steward won the women’s league best defender of the year award, pocketing one hundred fifty thousand Liberian dollars.
Cece United central defender Theodore Gould won the best defender title for the second division, taking home one hundred fifty thousand Liberian dollars cash award.
Prince Zawoh of Nimba United earned four hundred thousand Liberian dollars for finishing last season as highest goal scorer in the first division. Other award winners include Bea Mountain FC keeper Allenton Sembeh, best first division goalkeeper in the first division, and Determine Girls FC goalkeeper Jackie Touah, best women’s division goalkeeper.
Jos Vincent Morris retained the Best Sports Reporter award in the print media and social media, while young Sports Journalist, Thomas Kojo Roulhac won the Best Sports Reporter award in the electronic media.
Kromah “grateful” for award
Meanwhile, Kromah who had a great season in 2021/2022 and even got a goal in the Local national team away 2-1 win over Senegal, appreciated his current and former club for their support during the season. He said: “Big thanks to the coaches, captains, journalists and the public that acknowledged my work by voting for me. I couldn’t have achieved this without you. Thanks to Monrovia Club Breweries and Invincible Eleven family, you guys played a major role in this. My respect to Sheku and Flo as always. By me winning doesn’t mean that I’m better than both of you, but probably it was already destined by God. My journey to this wonderful moment wasn’t an easy one, it was tough,” he said.
Continuing, he added: “I want the younger ones to be inspired by my story. With all that I been through over the years I didn’t give up. I’m from a humble beginning; If I can do it, you can do it too. Do not listen to naysayers, do not listen to the keyboard warriors, the only power people have over you is the one you give them.”
For her part, Sylla who also won the West African Football Union Zone ‘A’ female best player, said. “2021/2022 season was my best year so far,” said Bountou. The trophies for Determine Girls were amazing. I was so happy and of course I cannot forget the WAFU championship and CAF championship We ended the year in the best way. I’m so glad to win a lot of trophies, collective and individual. I’m so, so proud.”
Sylvina Garnett also wrote on Facebook: “I’m highly grateful for your usual supports through my career. Long live Mr. Mustapha Raji and his team for their tremendous works. More grace to Liberia Football Referees’ Association, families, coaches, fans, journalists, supporters, and captains. I remain your humble servant as God Almighty guide us through as we all work & continue to enjoy our good game call football.”