New WBO super bantamweight/junior featherweight champion, Isaac Dogboe was named Sports Personality of the Year at the 43rd Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards Gala on Friday.
The 23-year-old boxer’s superb exploits during the year under review – 2017 – defeating Argentine Cesar Juarez – set him up for the world title belt challenge against Jesse Magdaleno – a fight he went on to win last week.
Dogboe was also named Professional Boxer of the Year.
Black Stars midfielder Thomas Partey emerged foreign-based Footballer of the Year. The Atletico Madrid player’s form for club and country for the year under review earned him the prestigious award.
Partey was a member of the Ghana side that reached the semi-finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The swift growing midfielder is currently the most influential Black Stars player having scored 5 goals in 15 games for Ghana.
He battled with the likes of Daniel Nii Adjei – (TP Mazembe, DRC), Christian Atsu – (Newcastle, England) and Richard Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia) for the 2017 Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) footballer of the Year award.
Thomas Abbey beat off competition from Berekum Chelsea Striker Stephen Sarfo and Kotoko’s Amos Frimpong to win the best locally-based player award.
Thomas Abbey was Hearts of Oak’s most exciting player last year, notching up 13 goals in 27 league matches for the Phobians who finished second in the MTN FA Cup.
The 43rd SWAG Awards ceremony took place at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
Full list of winners
- Footballer of the Year (foreign-based): Thomas Teye Partey
- Footballer of the Year (Local): Thomas Abbey
- Male Club of the Year: Aduana Stars
- Female Footballer of the Year: Priscilla Adubea
- Professional Boxer of the Year: Isaac Dogboe
- National Team of the Year: Local Black Stars
- Coach of the Year: Yussif Abubakar
- Association President of the Year: Herbert Mensah (Rugby)
- Most Promising Star of the Year: David Abagna
- Female Club 0f the Year: Ampem Darkoah Ladies
- Dedication and Valour: Ofori Asare (Boxing Coach) and George Bankole (Handball Coach)
- Weightlifter of the Year: Christian Amoah
- Discovery of the Year: Suzzy Dede Teye (LadyStrikers/Black Maidens), Isaac Nil Amugi (Armwrestler) and David Akwasi (Weightlifter)
- Hockey Player of the Year: Salia Nsalbini
- Golfer of the Year: Vincent Torgah
- Badminton Player of the Year: Emmanuel Yaw Donkor (Male) | Grace Atipake. (Female)
- Volleyball Player 0f the Year: Richard Amanor
- Para-Athlete of the Year: Haruna Tahiru
- Cyclist of the Year: Anthony Boafo Dankwa Boakey
- Kick Boxer of the Year: Alhassan Ockran.
Dr. Kojo Benjamin Taylor Sanford
Alex Asante – GFA
Dr. Papa Kwasi Ndoum
Dr. Martin Engmann
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR