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Black Stars deputy skipper named Sports Personality of the year

Andre Ayew beat off competition from fellow Black Stars team mate, Asamoah Gyan, Yusif Basigi and Bashir Hayford to emerge as SWAG Sports Personality of the Year.

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Andre Ayew was very effective in both national and club football in 2015. He helped the Black Stars reach the Africa Cup of Nations final in January 2015 and also made an instant hit in the English Premier League by winning the Barclays Player for the month of August, which was his debut month.

The 26-year attacking midfielder was also adjudged the SWAG Player of the Year, after he outcompeted Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan and Black Stars defender, Harison Afful in that category.

Asamoah Gyan who missed out on the Sports Personality of the Year as well as the footballer of the year award was given a special reward for his philanthropic work in the country.

Other awards recipients on the night were: Eric Opoku who was adjudged the Premier League player of the year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana; Yusif Basigi, who was named the coach of the year for guiding the Black Queens to win gold at the 2015 All African Games in Brazil, as the first ever gold won by the Senior Women’s National Team of Ghana.

His team the Black Queens also won the SWAG team of the year for winning gold at the All African Games.

Below is the full list of award winners

Special Awards to Police Women’s Hockey team (silver medalist, ACC)

The Special Awards to Eben Annang Whyte (development of table tennis)

The Special Awards to Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan (sports philanthropist)

Special Award to coach David Duncan (For Winning the SWAG Cups three times)

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Sophia Okulley (for women’s football development).

Special Award to Nana Ampomah for his dedication to the course of SWAG over the last 40years

Dedication and Valour award goes to AsanteKotoko_SC star Stephen Oduro

Discovery of the Year- Richard Seklorwu, gold medalist in long jump at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

Discovery of the Year- Richard Seklorwu

Discovery of the Year- Joseph Kuyon (silver medallist, World Children Taekwondo Culture Festival in South Korea)

Discovery of the Year- Joseph Tindan Kuyon

Female Judoka of the Year- Szandra Szogoli

Male Judoka of the Year- Emmanuel Nartey (All Africa Games 60kg bronze medalist)

Para-Athlete award- Patrick Yaw Obeng (1,500 & 800 T54 category bronze medallist the AAG)

National Team of the Year- Black Queens (For their gold winning feat at the AAG)

Nat Team of the Year- Golden Rackets (George Darko & W. Na-Adjrago- Gold medalist at the AAG)

Male Hockey Player of the Year- Johnny Botsio (Black Sticks & Trustees player)

Hockey Player of the Year (F) - Nafisatu Umaru ( MVP at AHC in Zambia, League winner with Police)

Amateur Boxer of the Year- David Bawa (Heavyweight bronze medallist at the 2015 AAG).

Athlete of the Year (Male)- John Ampomah (Javelin Silver medallist at AAG, 2 national records).

Athlete of the Year (Female) -Nadia Eke (Triple Jump Bronze medallist at the 2015 AAG, nat record holder).

Female Footballer of the Year- Portia Boakye

Coach of the Year- Yusif Basigi

Professional Boxer of the Year- Richard Commey

Premier League Star of the Year 2015- Eric Opoku

Most Promising Star for 2015: Joel Fameyeh.

Association Chairman of the Year: Frederick Otu Lartey (TAEKWONDO)

Footballer of the Year- Andre Dede Ayew

Table Tennis Stars of the Year- Felix Lartey, Bernard Joe Sam, Emmanuel Commey,Derrick Abrefa

Sports Personality of the Year- Ayew Andre

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