Mohammed Kudus, a midfielder for the Black Stars, received the Sports Personality of the Year award at the 47th Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards on January 28.
The 22-year-old defeated Joseph Paul Amoah Abraham Mensah, the 200-meter national record holder, in the race. Both athletes won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Kudus has had a great season for Dutch team Ajax, scoring 11 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions. At the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, he was unquestionably Ghana’s best player, contributing an assist and two goals in three games.
The event was attended by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kurt Okraku, the Minister of Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif, the Chair of the 2023 African Games Local Organizing Committee Dr. Ofosu Asare, SWAG President Kwabena Yeboah, and Inspector General of Police George Dampare.
Kudus did succeed with his club team, Ajax, and the Black Stars of Ghana, topping the charts as one of the world’s quickest-rising young footballers.
Nana Prah Agyensiam VI, the supreme chief of the Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, served as the event’s guest of honour.
The Dedication and Valor Award was given to the late Alhaji M.N. Jawula, the former president of the GFA who passed away earlier this week due to illness.
In athletics, Joseph Paul Amoah won Ghana’s first medal in the 200-meter race since George Daniels in 1974 at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Joe Paul outperformed Benjamin Azamati to win the SWAG Male Athlete of the Year award.
Mensah took home the award for Amateur Boxer of the Year at the ceremony. He also won a silver medal in the bantamweight division at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In addition, Kudus won the Foreign-based Footballer of the Year award, beating out Thomas Partey of Arsenal and Andre Ayew, the captain of the Black Stars, in the competition.
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