Deputy Black Stars Captain, Andre Ayew has been voted the Sports Personality of the Year (2015) at the 41st MTN Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards.
The SWAG Awards has been the longest running awards programme in the country which seek to honour sports personalities in the various disciplines as well as special awards to some deserving individuals for their contribution to the development of sports in the country.
Andre who plies his trade in England with Swansea City was away for an international duty as he won his second for the day, Footballer of the Year ahead of Stars’ captain Asamoah Gyan and Harrison Afful.
Andre put up spirited performances in the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea to win the top scorer award in the tournament and went on to score 7 goals for his club side Olympique Marseille.
He won the Vivien Foe Award for Best African Player in the 2014/2015 Ligue 1 season before joining English side Swansea City and has won on three occasions, the premiership player of the month and also won the Best African Player in the Premier League in August 2015.
Other award winners on the night include Ashanti Gold’s Eric Opoku who won Ghana Premier League Player of the Year, as Portia Boakye won the Female Footballer of the Year and Yusif Basigi also won the Coach of the Year.
Some of the other deserving individuals and teams that won awards are: the Police women hockey team that won Silver at the All African games, Eben Annan white who won an award for the Development of Table Tennis in the country and black stars captain, Asamoah Gyan for his philanthropic contributions to sports.
Coach David Duncan was awarded for winning three SWAG cups with 2 different clubs as Sophia Opuni was awarded for the Development of women’s football in the country.
Stephen Oduro won the life time achievement award and Richard seklo for discovery of the year for winning medal in long jump Long at the commonwealth youth games in Samoa as well as Joseph Tinga kuyon a silver medallist in the world children taekwondo culture festival in south Korea.
Judoka of the year went to Sandra Szogoil for the Females and Emmanuel Nartey for the male for winning bronze at the all African games in weightlifting.
Patrick Yaw Obeng won the Para-thlete of the year as the Black Queens of Ghana won the National team of the year with Golden Rockets winning the national team of the year in tennis.
John Botuo and Nafisatu Umaru won the hockey player of the year awards in male and female category respectively.
Richard Sekrowu was adjudged the Discovery of the year in Long jump as David Bawah won the Amateur boxer of the year with John Ampomah winning the Athlete of year in the male category and Nadia Eke also winning the female athlete of year.
Portia Boakye won the Female Footballer of the Year, with a special award going to Nana Ampomah for his contribution to sports writing in Ghana.
Mr David Adjetey won the Taekwondo star of the year with Frederick Adjetey winning the Association president of the year (Taekwondo).
The coach of the year award went to coach Yusif Basigi while Richard commey got the Professional boxer of the year award and Eric Opoku won the Premiership Player of the Year.