The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) last Saturday conferred its flagship award , the Sports Personality of the Year, on Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, at its 39th awards at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
Coach Appiah beat his skipper, Asamoah Gyan, who emerged Footballer of the Year.
The announcement was overwhelmingly approved by the audience at the auditorium who responded with a thunderous applause and cheers.
It was a double delight for the 56-year-old coach who had also picked the Coach of the Year award on the night distinguished sports personalities received various categories of awards.
During the awards which was used to celebrate the Black Stars ahead of their World Cup campaign in Brazil Bechem FC’s Augustine Okrah pick the Premiership Player of the Year, while Jane Ayieyam received the Female Footballer of the Year.
Patrick Allotey was Boxer of the Year, while Samuel Anim emerged the Cyclist of the Year. Ben Nunoo-Mensah received the Association Chairman of the Year award while Elikem Akaba won the Hockey Player of the Year award.
Other winners on the night were Clifford Aboagye, Discovery of the Year, Ebenezer Assifuah(Most Promising Player of the Year, while Female Club of the Year went to Hasaacas Ladies. Black Satellites won the National team of the Year with Juliana Arku winning the Weightlifter of the Year.
The Badminton player of the Year went to Abraham Ayitey. The rest were Swimmer of the Year, Ophelia Swayne, Dedication and Valour, J. F. Mensah.
Derrick Abrefa, and Linda Annor( Male and Female Table Tennis Players of the Year) and Emmanuel Nartey, Judoka of the Year.
Special awards were presented to Kudjo Fianoo, CEO of Ashgold, Nestor Galley, Shaban Mohammed, Kwesi Nyantakyi, Kennedy Adjapong and Nuru Bremansu for their various contributions to the development of sports in the country.
Corporate bodies such as Guinness Ghana Limited, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, First Capital Plus Bank, TT Brothers and Cal Bank Ghana Limited were also acknowledged.