Ghanaian midfielder André Ayew went away with the two biggest awards in Ghana Saturday night when he was named the Sports Personality of the Year as well as the Footballer of the Year.
The deputy captain of the Black Stars swept the top awards at the 41st MTN SWAG awards – the biggest in the country by sports writers.
André Ayew surpassed Ghana’s heavy striker and captain Asamoah Gyan to win both awards for his heroic performances for both club and country in 2015.
Although they were beaten by Ivory Coast on penalties in the final, the Swansea City superstar played a key role in helping the Black Stars earn a second place finish at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
The 26-year-old excelled in the tournament where he finished as the top scorer after scoring three times for the Black Stars.
His major competitors in the hunt for the two top awards were national team-mates Gyan and Harrison Afful. But after all, the writers decided on Ayew owing to his performances for both club and country.
However, Asamoah Gyan was given a special reward for his philanthropic work for the under privileged in Ghana.
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Other award winners included Ashanti Gold captain Eric Opoku who named the Premier League Player of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG).
Black Queens Coach Yusif Basigi who also doubles as the head coach of Sekondi Hasaacas and Hasaacas Ladies was named the Coach of the year.
Portia Boakye on her own part beat Black Queens team mate Samira Suleiman and Janet Egyiri to win the 2015 SWAG Female Footballer of the Year.
Portia, who was the only Ghanaian female footballer nominated for the 2015 Africa Female Footballer of the Year. emerged the winner of the coveted award following her magnificent display for the Black Queens at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazaville.
Samira Suleiman and Janet Egyir, both of Hasaacas Ladies could not convince voters with their performance in the season under review despite winning the National Women’s League.
Also, Male and Female Athletes of the year awards went to US-based duo John Ampomah and Nadia Eke respectively for their excellent feat at the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
Richard Commey for the second time running won the professional boxer of the year accolade.
See Full List of Award Winners below:
Police Women’s Hockey team – Silver Medalist, ACC Special Awards
Eben Annang Whyte – Special Awards for Development of Table tennis
Black Stars captain @ASAMOAH GYAN3 – Sports Philanthropist Special Award
Coach David Duncan @ddun1025 – Special Award for Winning the #SWAG Cups three times
Sophia Okulley – Lifetime Achievement Award for Women’s Football Development.
Nana Ampomah – Special Award for his dedication to the course of SWAG over the last 40years
AsanteKotoko SC star Stephen Oduro – Dedidcation and Valour Award
Richard Seklorwu, long jump gold medalist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa – Discovery of the Year Award
Joseph Tindan Kuyon, silver medallist, World Children Taekwondo Culture Festival in South Korea – Discovery of the Year Award
Felix Lartey, Bernard Joe Sam, Emmanuel Commey,Derrick Abrefa – Table Tennis Stars of the Year
Joel Fameyeh – Most Promising Star for 2015
Szandra Szogoli – Female Judoka of the Year
Emmanuel Nartey (All Africa Games 60kg bronze medalist) – Male Judoka of the Year
Patrick Yaw Obeng (1,500 & 800 T54 category bronze medalist @ the AAG) – PARA-ATHLETE AWARD
Black Queens (For their gold winning feat @ the AAG) – NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Golden Rackets (George Darko & W. Na-Adjrago- Gold medalist @ the AAG) – NAT TEAM OF THE YEAR
Johnny Botsio (Black Sticks & Trustees player) – MALE HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR-
Nafisatu Umaru ( MVP @ AHC in Zambia, Lge winner with Police) – FEMALE HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Bawa (Heavyweight bronze medalist at the 2015 AAG) – AMATEUR BOXER OF THE YEAR
John Ampomah (Javelin Silver medalist at AAG, 2 national records) – ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (MALE)
Nadia Eke (Triple Jump Bronze medalist at the 2015 AAG, nat record holder) – ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
Portia Boakye – FEMALE FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
Yusif Basigi – COACH OF THE YEAR
Richard Commey – PROFESSIONAL BOXER OF THE YEAR
Eric Opoku – PREMIER LEAGUE STAR OF THE YEAR 2015
Frederick Otu Lartey (TAEKWONDO) – ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN OF THE YEAR
André Ayew – FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
André Ayew – SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR