Daniel Afriyie Barnieh named among nominees for the 2021 Swag Awards

Daniel Afriyie Barnieh named among nominees for the 2021 Swag Awards

Hearts forward Daniel Afriyie Barnieh has scooped two nominations for the 46th edition of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana(SWAG) Awards.

The 20-year old is among the nominees for the Sports Personality of the Year Award and the Premier League Male Footballer of the Year Award following his exploits for club and country in the just ended season.

The versatile forward guided Hearts to their first domestic double in 21-years, and his brace in the final of the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations ensured that Ghana won the AFCON trophy to add to the WAFU tournament they won earlier this year.

“The General Assembly after critiquing the work done by the Awards Nominations Committee, endorsed and approved the final list of top performers for the 2020/21 calendar year which ended in September,” SWAG said in a statement

A cult hero among the Phobian faithfuls, Barnieh’s five goals in the FA Cup ensured that he emerged from the competition as the top-scorer to help Hearts win the trophy.

The youngster’s crucial goal against arch-rivals Kotoko proved decisive as Hearts won the League for the first time in over a decade.

Barnieh is in contention for the Sports Personality of the year award with the National 4X100m Relay Team and the 2020 Olympics Bronze medalist Samuel Takyi of Ghana’s Amateur Boxing team.

He will also vie for the premier league male footballer of the year award with Kotoko’s Ismail Ganiyu and GPL top scorer and former Karela forward, Diawisie Taylor who currently plays his club football in Egypt.

The award which is slated for December this year will also see Coach Samuel Boadu and coach Karim Zito compete for the coach of the year, as is Fatawu Issahaku who is in contention for the Discovery of the year award.

Check Full List:

Sports Personality of the Year 4X100m Relay Team – Athletics Samuel Takyi – Amateur Boxing Daniel Afriyie Barnieh – Football, Hearts
Footballer of the Year (Foreign)
Daniel Amartey [Leicester City]
Mohammed Kudus [Ajax]
Jonathan Mensah [Columbus Crew]
Footballer of the Year (Home Based)
Diawusie Taylor (Karela United)
Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak)
Ishmeal Ganiu (Asante Kotoko)
Female Footballer of the Year – Female
Constance Agyemang – Berry Ladies
Janet Agyiri – Hasaacas
Jafar Rahama – Northern Ladies/Hasaacas
Coach of the Year Abdul Karim Zito (U20) Christian Nsiah – Athletics Samuel Boadu – HeartsCoach Ofori Asare – Amateur Boxing Yussif Basigi – Hasaacas Ladies
Athlete of the Year (Male)
Benjamin Azamati
Joseph Paul Amoah
Athlete of the Year (Female)
Deborah Acquah
Boxer of the Year (Professional)
Alfred Lamptey
Mohammed Aryeetey
John Abaja Laryea
Boxer of the Year (Amateur)
Samuel Takyi – Featherweight
SWAG Top 5 (Discipline Rank) Shortlist
Amateur Boxing
Table Tennis
Discovery of the Year
Constance Serwaa Agyemang [Football/Berry Ladies]
Fatawu Issahaku [Football/Steadfast]
Kamaldeen Sulemana
Unilez Takyi – Swimming
Administrator of Year
Evelyn Nsiah-Asare (Hasaacas Ladies)
George Okoe Lamptey (Ghana Boxing Federation)
Gifty Oware-Aboagye (Berry Ladies

SWAG President Award???
Ken Bediako

Corporate Award
Betway Ghana
Life Time Achievement
Stephen Appiah
Decorative Award
Togbe Afede XIV
Nana Bayin Eyison
Dedication and Valour
Coach Ofori Asare (Amateur Boxing)
Lawyer Ntow Fianko
Oduro Nyarko
Chess Player of the Year
Philip Selikem Yao Amoako
Badminton Player of the Year
Kelvin Alphous – Male
Prospera Nantuo – Female
Tennis Player of the Year Male Samuel Agbesi Antwi – Male Naa Shika Mckorley – Female
Swimming Athlete of the Year
Unilez Takyi 


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