Black Stars’ entertaining striker, Asamoah Gyan, was on Saturday crowned the Sports Personality of the Year 2010 by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG).
The striker went home with the highest honour of a plaque and a
certificate with some souvenirs from the major sponsors at the 36th
MTN SWAG Awards Night at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra.
The 25-year old forward edged colleague, Richard Kingson, and the
International Boxing Federation Bantamweight Champion, Joseph King
Kong Agbeko and took the flagship award.
SWAG’s President, Ackah Anthony, was assisted by Mr Reuben Nii
Nortey Dua, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mrs Gina
Asare-Fiagbenu, Senior Corporate Communications Manager of MTN Ghana,
and SWAG’s Chief Patron, Walter Esposito to present Gyan with his
prize, amidst pageantry.
Gyan was also named Footballer of the Year, outscoring Kingson
and Andre Ayew to the prize. The honour capped an impressive year for Gyan who won last year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year’s award.
The striker was the star man for the Black Stars during the 2010
Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa.
Gyan was also runner up to Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o for the
prestigious Confederation of African Football (CAF) Footballer of the
Year 2010 Award.
The feat by the Sunderland hitman confirms the dominance of
footballers recently in the annual event after his Black Stars’
teammate Dominic Adiyiah also scooped a double in 2009.
With football dominating the honours list, the Black Stars was
adjudged Team of the Year, with Ex-captain Stephen Appiah being
honoured with the Dedication and Valour Prize and the Ghana Football
Association’s (GFA) President, Kwesi Nyantakyi as Chairman of the
Frederick Pappoe, GFA Vice President and Chairman of the Black
Stars Management Committee, also took home a Special Prize alongside
Dede, the second son of the legend, Abedi Ayew Pele, in recognition of
his spectacular showings for the Black Stars during the year under
New Edubiase midfielder, Mumuni Abubakari was adjudged the
Premiership Player of the Year ahead of Ahmed Toure of Asante Kotoko
and Berekum Chelsea’s striker, Emmanuel Clottey.
Other award winners are Joseph Agbeko – Professional Boxer of the
Year, Felix Lartey – Male Table Tennis Player of the Year, Beatrice
Gyasi – Female Table Tennis Player of the Year, Salia Nsalbini – Male
Hockey Player of the Year, Ramatu Abbas – Female Hockey Player of the
Year and Johnny Botsio – Promising Star of the Year.
The rest are Aziz Zakari – Male Athlete of the Year, Anita
Fordjour – Female Athlete of the Year, Awusoni Yekini – Amateur Boxer
of the Year, Mfantsipim High School – Male Basketball Team of the Year
and Sacred Heart Senior High School – Female Basketball Team of the
Joseph Mingle and Lawrence Manyo both received the awards for Kick Boxing.
There were also Special Meritorious Awards for the Female
Athletics Relay Team (4X100), Black Challenge (the national amputee
football team), Kevin Prince Boateng, Promasidor Ghana Limited,
Goldfields Ghana, the Reverend Emmanuel D. Nikoi – President of the
Netball Association of Ghana, Simms Mensah, a former Chairman of
Asante Kotoko and the late Tommy Thompson, also a former Chairman of
Accra Hearts of Oak.
Danny Jordaan, Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa 2010
FIFA World Cup, was also presented with a special award for his role
in the successful hosting of the first ever Mundial on African soil.
All award winners received souvenirs and products from the major
sponsors - MTN Ghana, Promasidor Ghana Limited, RLG Communications -
as well as plaques.
The event was to honour sportsmen and women who distinguished
themselves in their respective fields during the year under review –
Other sponsors are Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, T.T.
Brothers Company Limited, Solmed Ghana Limited, Multi TV, Papaye Fast
Foods, Safina Mineral Water, Healthy Life Beverage Company, Stanbic
Bank and Goldfields Ghana Limited.
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