The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) have dedicated this year’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate the Black Stars on their qualification to the 2014 World Cup.
The Black Stars enjoyed a fabulous run during the qualifiers to book Ghana’s place at the world showpiece for the third successive time.
Ghana however have it all to do at this year’s tournament in Brazil after being draw in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and the USA.
SWAG have however decided to single out the Black Stars for special recognition in the latest instalment of their annual awards ceremony to take place at the State Banquet Hall on May 17.
“We are dedicating this year’s awards to the celebration of the Black Stars for qualifying for the World Cup,” SWAG President, Ackah Anthony said during the launch of this year’s awards on Friday.
“We expect a huge presence of Black Stars during the awards night.”
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah and captain Asamoah Gyan will go head-to-head for the flagship Sports Personality of the Year.
Appiah and Gyan who led Ghana’s qualification to a third successive World Cup finals are however being contested by weightlifter Juliana Arku.
Italy based duo of Kwadwo Asamoah and Sulley Muntari will also be contesting the Footballer of the Year award alongside Al Ain ace Asamoah Gyan.
Kwesi Appiah, Clifford Aboagye and Ebenezer Assifuah will be handed the non-competitive awards of Coach, Discovery and the Most Promising Star of the Year respectively while Jane Ayieyam also picks the Female Footballer of the Year award.
Ghana’s U20 team, the Black Satellites will also be awarded the National Team of the Year for their silver-winning feat at the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey.
There are also special awards for Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and Kudjoe Fianoo for their Contribution to the development of football in Ghana.