Baffoe wins top SWAG gong

Sports Personality of the Year, Anthony Baffoe receives his award from President Akufo-Addo

Sports Personality of the Year, Anthony Baffoe receives his award from President Akufo-Addo

Former Ghana international, Anthony Baffoe on Saturday broke the stranglehold of active sportsmen on the flagship award of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) when he won the Sports Personality of the Year award at the 42nd second MTN-SWAG Awards night held at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.

From 1992, the prestige award has been dominated by performing sports men and women cutting across football, boxing and athletics.

So, not in the wildest imagination of guests at the event did it occur that the former Black Stars defender could break that jinx, especially when he contested against the Professional Boxer of the Year award winner, Emmanuel Tagoe.

It was therefore not a surprise when a huge number of the active sports athletes and some administrators, notably Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) boss, Peter Zwennes and Samuel Anim Addo, a member of the management team of Emmanuel Tagoe rose anticipating the award was about to be handed to one of their own.

But on the back of his role in international football administration and his contribution to the development of football in Ghana, particularly at the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Baffoe became the first administrator and non-active sportsman to win the top award.

He received his coveted prize from the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who graced the occasion together with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah and many high profile personalities.

But a gallant Tagoe consoled himself with the Professional Boxer of the Year award for winning the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) lightweight title in 2016.

As if destined to be a night of new beginnings, TP Mazembe’s ace, Solomon Asante was also adjudged the Footballer of the Year award winner over the usual Europe based heavyweights. Asante triumphed in a group that had Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey and West Ham’s United Andre Ayew.

Wa All Stars goalkeeper won the Premier League Player of the Year, beating former Liberty Professionals striker Latif Blessing and Akwasi Donsu of Medeama while Priscilla Adubea won the Female Footballer of the Year award ahead of Elizabeth Addo and Sandra Owusu-Ansah who went on to win the Promising Star award.

The national weightlifting team, the Black Cranes, for their impressive performance at the IWF/Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship emerged winners of the National Team of the Year while the Ghana Weightlifting Federation chairman was adjudged winner of the Association President of the Year award.

Paul Dogboe, father and trainer of Ghana’s WBO International super bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogboe, was adjudged the Coach of the Year with Abdul Wahid Omar winning the Amateur Boxer of the Year award.

In hockey, Rachael Bamfoe and Emmanuel Ankomah swept the best hockey players awards in both female and male categories with Richmond Osarfo emerging the Discover of the Year.

Godwin Attram and Dan Quaye also received the Dedication and Valour awards as Nadia Eke and John Ampomah emerged best female and male Athletes of the Year and Wa All Stars, Club of the Year for winning last season’s Ghana Premier League.

By Andrew Nortey

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