Asamoah Gyan named Sports Writers Personality of the Year

Published on: 03 July 2011

Striker Asamoah Gyan was named the sports personality of the year in the 36th edition of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana Awards held in Accra on Saturday.

The Sunderland ace fend off competition from international teammate Richard Kingson and IBF bantamweight boxer Joseph Agbeko to emerge winner of the grand prize in a colourful ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

Gyan also picked up the award of Footballer of the Year beating competition from Richard Kingson and Andre Ayew.

The 25-year-old gained international recognition in the year under review(2010) when his three goals helped the Black Stars to an unprecedented 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter finals berth - equaling the African record in the tournament in the the process.

His exploits at the mundial earned him a £13m move to English side Sunderland where he became an instant hit with the fans at Wearside.

Gyan, affectionately called Baby Jet, led Ghana's attack and sent them to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in February but lost out on the trophy to Egypt.

His popularity became profound when his was featured by hiplife artiste Castro to produce the famous African Girls hit track.

Comments

  • RAF
    says: 8 years ago
    BRAVOOOOOOOO!!!!,YOU DESERVE IT
  • tony wardle
    says: 8 years ago
    Gyan has done amazingly well, he is loved by Sunderland supporters and admired by fans of other teams too! He even featured every week on the UK nations favorite Tv football program opening credits " Match of the day.". The Premiership is an incredibley hard league to play in and Gyan came in to it with all guns blazing! He has had to learn the English ways and culture and we are all looking forward to a new season with him playing well for Sunderland again.
  • Tico
    says: 8 years ago
    Gyan didn't do half as well as Andre Ayew did with Olympique Marseille - this is a joke! Ayew impressed enough to be OM's best player of the year - he was magnificent in Europe earning praise from the likes of Alex Ferguson. Though a winger, he was second highest goal scorer at Marseille. And he won titles. With due respects what did Sunderland get for 13m pounds they paid for Gyan? a paltry 10 goals in 31 appearances (11 in all competitions) Don't get me wrong - Gyan is a fantastic player, but awards should be based on more factual appraisals. I do not see what he did on the pitch that made him come close to Dede. What? is it because he scored against England? Personality of the year, YES, Footballer of the Year, NO ffing way!
  • Tico
    says: 8 years ago
    Ok - boo boo there for me - just checked again and saw it was for 2010... that's early for SWAG.
  • truthisbitter
    says: 8 years ago
    Because he dances anytime he scores a goal.............lol
  • truthisbitter
    says: 8 years ago
    With one goal in each match...and lots of penalty misses....too poor for a striker rated so high
  • khabir
    says: 8 years ago
    wht a shame......anrew deserve the award.....str_repeat('*',strlen('fuck')) the organizers they always dot get it right..anyway thts africa for you...lol
  • truthisbitter
    says: 8 years ago
    At the Nations Cup the group wasn't too competitive.........even the number of games played was reduced due to the withdrawal of Togo..........the only competitive game was against Nigeria and Egypt,they managed a one goal against the Nigerians and lost the real deal to Egypt.....at the World cup there is nothing spectacular about his 1 goal per match...........and besides Sunderland is not in the top 5 teams in England........so what the heck about his performances...........OM is amongst the 1st five teams in France and Ayew contributed immensely to their success to be at the top to be voted best player of the season,he contributed immensely in Ghana`s recognition at the world stage with his double victories as captain of the U-20 in Africa and the World,he also contributed his quota to the 1 goal per match Gyan scores for the BS.......well the award has already been given and cannot be taken back..........and our comments are just regarded as our opinions now..........I wish them all a more competitive 2011/2012 season and maybe then we will have a better yard stick to judge their performances well.
  • truthisbitter
    says: 8 years ago
    Money has exchanged hands.........and the committee will like to give the award to someone who can market their brand so easily in Ghana........someone with huge popularity for his dances after his 1 goal policy and penalty misses........the baby jet himself
  • ragamowah
    says: 8 years ago
    Gyan all the way