2016/17 Meet the candidates for Ghanaian Player of the season

Pulse Sports brings to you a short list of three of Ghana's most outstanding footballers during the almost-finished 2016-17 football season

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play (L-R) Majeed Waris, Kevin Prince Boateng and Raphael Dwamena
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With just a few games to end the ongoing season, the bells of review are chiming, not least for an analysis from a Ghanaian perspective.

The Ghana Premier League, unfortunately, kicked off at least seven months late and is currently into it's 13th match day, and though there's been some exhilarating football thus far- most notably from league leaders WAFA (West African Football Academy) -  it's early days yet in terms of pointing out outstanding performers. The same goes for the 2017 MLS season, which began in March.

However, for Ghanaian players who ply their trade in countries which follow the regular season format, Pulse Sports has identified three performers who have been outstanding.

Abdul Majeed WARIS

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Majeed Waris seems to be undergoing an evolution.

The striker, who burst unto the scene after managing 26 goals in 35 appearances for Sweden's BK Hacken in 2012, suffered a difficult next few years. Stints at Russia's Spartak Moscow (with a loan at Valenciennes in France) and Turkey's Trabzonspor saw him significantly slow down amid injury concerns. He only 61 games in three seasons across these clubs, scoring 14 goals.

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But his time at Lorient, whom he joined in August 2015 for €5 million, has seen him rediscover his form.

Waris, this season, has scored 9 goals in 33 games. But it hasn't been the goals that have mattered (last season he scored 12 goals in 25) but how he has grown from an out and out striker into a play maker who handles the ball with confidence and flair, creating and tormenting. His game has evolved: the 25-year-old is now past being all about the finish, he is now a matured, all-round attacker who is having the time of his life.

Raphael DWAMENA

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Dwamena is the highest goal scoring Ghanaian anywhere in the world this season.

In the first half of the season, he managed 21 goals in 22 games for Austria Lustenau in the Austrian second tier, before scoring a moving to Swiss side FC Zurich, where he has scored five goals in 10 games so far.

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Dwamena is a strong, lanky attacker with a left foot that specializes in powerful, accurate shots. His frame is intimidating, his pace sharp, his goal instincts top notch.

Erstwhile Ghana coach Avram Grant unfortunately failed to have enough faith in him by dropping him from the Black Stars' 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad, but the 21-year-old, if his breakout season is anything to go by, looks well on his way to becoming a viable option in the attacking department of the national team in the near future.

Kevin Prince BOATENG

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Kevin Prince Boateng may be 30 now, but he sure hasn't slowed down. There seems to be a feel of renaissance about what he is achieving at Spanish club Las Palmas this season.

He has been deployed as an out and out striker, and has banged in 10 goals in 27 games across all competitions to mark this transition. He has been in spectacular form, assuming prominence in almost every game. Indeed, he has lost none of the finesse from his AC Milan days, and observers have even noted that he could be doing more, but for fears of aggravating his injury-prone knees.

READ ALSO: Video Watch Kevin-Prince Boateng 10th goal for Las Palmas

Boateng is already a cult hero at Las Palmas (some fans even openly worshipped him as a god during the Gran Canaria Carnival in February!) and it would take a miracle for the club to keep him away from a big money move this summer.

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