Okrah congratulates Owusu after winning GPL golden boot

Al Merriekh midfielder Augustine Okrah has showered praises on new Ghana Premier League golden boot winner, Kofi Owusu, after his exploits in the 2014-15 season, netting 19 goals to beat Nathaniel Asamoah to the award.

Owusu scored twice on the final day of the season as Berekum Chelsea defeated Wa All Stars 2-1 at the Golden City Park on Sunday to move one goal ahead of Asamoah who had led the race for a greater part of the campaign until he joined Raja Casablanca near end of the season.

Okrah, 22, won the award last season after his 16 goals for Bechem United helped the club finish fifth.

“Kofi Owusu has really done well to win the goal king and he needs to be encouraged,” Okrah told Goal.

“I was following the race between him and Nathaniel Asamoah here in Sudan. What is interesting is that Owusu scored 13 goals in the second round and I also scored the same number last season season but the difference is that he scored 19 goals in total and I only had 16 goals. After the first round last season, I had scored three goals but our new coach back then, who is now at Medeama, Tom Strand, assigned me a new role and that helped me to score more goals against several big clubs.

“However, the departure of Nathaniel Asamoah also helped Owusu to win the award. It may have been a different story if Nat was still around but we should praise Owusu for keeping his form to win the award.”

He added: “I’m doing my best here in Sudan with Francis Coffie. We’re in the Caf Champions League semi-finals and I believe when he also get an opportunity following his exploits this season, he will never disappoint.

Okrah and his side Merriekh will lock horns with Congolese giants T.P Mazembe who boast of four Ghanaian players in the semi-finals of the Caf Champions League while Al Hilal meet Group B winners USM Alger of Algeria on the weekend of October 3-4, 2015.