Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is brimming with confidence going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals after being adjudged Sports Writers Personality of the Year.
The ex-Ghana captain became the first coach to win the prestigious prize and had to beat competition from Asamoah Gyan and weightlifter Juliana Arku.
He was also named Coach of Year at a ceremony last Saturday in Accra.
â€œThis is an encouragement and some of the things I need at the moment before we go to the World Cup,â€ Appiah told the Graphic Sports.
â€œThe players need every support and prayers to be able to achieve their aim in Brazil.
The 56-year-old says his exploits will inspire younger coaches to reach greater heights.
â€œI am really encouraged by this award and I believe that my colleagues who are also coming up will learn from it to prove that anytime they are given the opportunity they will do their best for Ghanaians to also reward themâ€, Appiah added.