Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah was on Saturday named the 2013 Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Personality of the Year.
He beat competition from his team captainÂ Asamoah GyanÂ and weightlifter Juliana Arkoh in the ceremony held at the State Banquet Hall in Accra on Saturday night.
It was the first time in the history of the awards that a coach had been shortlisted and gone ahead to win the topmost prize of the award.
Appiah became the first indigenous coach to qualify Ghana to theFIFA World CupÂ finals and did that in style after a first leg 6-1 win overÂ EgyptÂ in the playoffs.
The ex-international picked up two awards on the night- taking home theÂ Coach of the YearÂ award.
Also on the night, Granadaâ€™s Clifford Aboagye picked up theDiscoveryÂ of the Year and his Ghana U20 teammateÂ Ebenezer Assifuah, now with Swiss sideÂ FC Sion, named the Most Promising Star.
Hasaacas Ladies were adjudged Best Female Club of the Year and theÂ 2013Â FIFA U20 World CupÂ bronze medal winning team named National Team of the Year.
Special Awards were presented to Messrs Kudjoe Fianoo (AshantiGold Chief Executive), GFA presidentÂ Kwesi Nyantakyi, Kennedy Adjapong (Kenpong), and Nuru Bremansu for their meaningful contributions towards accelerated development of sports in the country.
The 39th edition of the MTN SWAG Awards night will be held at the Banquet Hall of the State House inÂ Accra.