Ghana striker Waris wins Swedish league's Player of the Season award

Majeed Waris has been crowned the Swedish best player of the season

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris has been named the Swedish Premier League’s Best Player of the Year award thanks to his heroics this season.

The 21-year-old also picked the third prize in the overall Best Swedish Player of the Year award which includes the country’s best players both at home and abroad.

Waris scooped the award at a glittering ceremony in Stockholm on Monday night.

He beat competition from his Hacken team-mate Martin Ericsson and Malmo midfielder Pontus Jansson to win the coveted Swedish Premier League’s Best Player award.

But he missed out of winning the overall Best Swedish Player of the Year award which was won by Johan Elmander.

The Black Stars striker was faced competition from Galatasaray’s Swedish playmaker Johan Elmander, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Galatasaray and Mathias Ranégie of Udinese Calcio but managed to finish third.

Waris was not available to pick up the award as he was on international duty with the Black Stars but Hacken captain Mohammed Ali Khan stepped up to receive the award on his behalf.

He becomes the first Ghanaian to win the league’s top prize even though some several top names in the past like Shamo Quaye and Yaw Preko had played in the country’s league.

Waris won the top-scorer award after emerging top scorer of the the Swedish top-flight with 23 goals from 29 games.

In May he became the first player to score five goals in a single game in the Swedish top-flight and also bagged four braces and a hat-trick and also became the first player to win the goal king crown with more than 21 goals since the 2002 season.

His performances sparked a frantic chase for his signature since the end of the season two weeks ago and he signed a five-year-contract with Russian giants Spartak Moscow and will join his new club in January.

“I can’t wait to get back to Sweden to get the award; I’m so excited,” Waris told MTNFootball.com

With Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan missing in action, Waris is expected to lead the Ghana attack on Wednesday in the international friendly against Cape Verde in Lisbon.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Fiifa 1 says:

    Good work there, boy, keep it up and follow the foot steps of Samuel Eto’s and Didier Drogba’s who the finest African strikers in recent years.

  2. Kenneth County says:

    Congratulations to the lad. Let’s hope he get’s the opportunity to play against Cape Verde tomorrow and show Ghanaians he can also deliver on the international stage, what he does at club level. I dearly hope and pray that he becomes a big success. Good Luck to you AMW.

    • Robb says:

      Thank you my friend. That is the problem with Ghana football. When the whole world is singing the praise of Warris only Akwasi Appiah see differently.
      How can you keep a player like that on the bench? For what?

      Derek Asamoah scored on his debut and was not called again. Yiadom scored on his debut and he was not called for the next matches, Patrick Nyarko impressed hugely on his debut and he has not been called again, Afriyie Acquah scored to qualify us to AFCON 2013 but he was included only when Asamoah Gyan opted out.
      What’s going on? EH GFHANA

  3. BX, NYC says:

    this guy would do just fine.. Unlike Adiyia, Waris scored a lot of goals on club level, Adiyiah scored during a tournament.. which proves that, Waris has more chance of shining than Adiyiah..

  4. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Mr. writer cross check your facts well, Johan Elmander formerly of Bolton Wanderes is a striker not a playmaker, anyway way am really happy for AMW for winning this award. But Ghanaians should measure their expectations on the chap, he’s not yet a complete striker as most of you think. Strikers they say get better with age and Warris will soon get to the level we all want him to.

  5. kabbs says:

    point of correction its Zlatan Ibrahimovic whu won the best swedish footballer award so please next time cross checked ur article bfore posting it

  6. keith from germany says:

    CONGRATS WARRIS.we realy appreciate ur achievements in sweden.only blind ppl will never appreciate ur good works.
    its about time AA give him the chance n the confidence he needs.i feel that warris has to get more games wiith the stars n not only tomorows game against cape verde.
    i hope AA gives warris the same playing time he gave adiyiah n co so that this dude can establish n cement his place in the stars set up.
    i second u brother ROBB.it seems players that perform are not called anymore.for me i think jerry akaminko of turkish top side ekihirispor who are currently third in the turkish süper lig is the solution to the right back position of the stars.
    i dont have anything against john pantsil but i guess the time has come for new guys gto be tried.inkomm n opare were not all that.
    i bet u guys akaminko will not need a lot of matches to prove himself.in his debut game against lesotho(WHO I KNO ARE NOT ALL THAT)he played well n i thought he has come to stay but to my surprise he was dropped from the malawi game without explanation.this will never happen in europe i can bet my money on that.

    • Robb says:

      Thank you, Akaminko also scored on his debut as a defender, but AA see him as a surplus to requirement. He added him to this friendly to prove himself again? that is not motivation but demoralizing the guy. Akaminko is a versatile defender, plays both right-back and central defend – every serious coach will be happy to have a player like that.

  7. Maxwell Johnson says:

    @Keith & Rob, you’ve said it all folks. I couldn’t agree with you anymore.