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Year In Review Breakout Sports Stars of 2016

Pulse Sports takes a look at individuals and groups that excelled in the various sports in 2016.

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Kaya Forson [Swimmer]

Before the start of the year, very few sports fans or even journalists knew the name, Kaya Forson. That would soon change after her selection as Ghana’s first female swimmer at an Olympics. Aged just 14 and armed with talent and an engaging personality, Forson was among the few positives stories of a disappointing sporting year in Ghana.

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High hopes rest on her young shoulders for Tokyo in another four years but we will not forget the firs t time we saw Kaya Adwoa Forson.

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Latif Blessing [Footballer]

The Liberty Professionals winger had given an indication of his immense talent in the 2014/2015 season where he had been nominated as a discovery of the season but 2016 was the year he truly became a force in Ghanaian football. It was not just the goals but the sheer electricity he brought to a stadium with his every t ouch.

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Blessing played with a smile and exuded a control over a football that had not been seen in domestic circles in a long while.He set the standard by which other players in the league were judged.

Isaac Dogboe [Boxer]

Ghana loves its boxing and in Dogboe have found a young fighter destined for the top of the featherweight ranks.

play Dogboe (left) in a pose with Black Stars Captain and boxing enthusiast, Asamoah


Newly named as the WBO’s African boxer of the year, Dogboe singlehandedly carried the mantle of local promotions , fighting several times in 2016 to set himself up for a truly stellar 2017.

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Daniel Amartey [Footballer]

Amartey will not forget 2016 after Leicester City won the English Premier League in sensational style.

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Even though he had just arrived, he contributed when he was called upon.Like the club he had joined, it truly capped a remarkable turn of fortune for the former FC Copenhagen star who almost joined Liverpool.

Black Queens [National Team]

The senior women’s national team lived up to their names, facing several trials with elegant poise on their way to the semi-finals of the women’s AFCON held in Cameroon.

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Poor preparation, lack of funds and several obstacles could not keep this remarkable group from challenging the best on the continent.

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