Ghana’s Israeli trainer Avram Grant has scooped the Outstanding Achievement award as the Best Manager at the 2015 Best of Africa 2015 Awards Ceremony in London.
The former Chelsea boss was handed the award on Thursday during the event held in London with top African footballers and corporate executives in attendance.
The Ghana coach was handed the award for steering the senior national soccer team, Black Stars to reach the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations where they were only beaten on penalties by the star-studded Ivorian side.
He led a young team that was bereft of well known names like, Michael Essien, Suley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng and rather instilled confidence into youngsters like Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew, Wakaso to make it all the way to the finals of the Afcon where they only lost to Ivory Coast via penalties.
He took over the team with only about one month before the tournament in Equatorial Guinea yet managed to whip the side into shape to reach the final.
New players like Daniel Amartey and striker Kwesi Appiah were discovered under the new coach with Baba Rahman getting more playing time to impress.
The award in London is expected to hugely boost Grant’s chances of winning the African Coach of the Year by CAF.
Below is the citation accompanying Avram Grant’s award in London.