Partey and Abdulai win top honours with Ghana Sports Writers

The midfielder looks ahead to their second league match of the new season, against Los Pepineros

Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey walked away with the biggest honour at the Sports Writers' Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards held on Saturday night in Accra.

The midfielder was adjudged the Sports Personality of the Year, having earlier reclaimed the Male Footballer of the Year award which he first won last year.

The prizes are befitting rewards for his good showing for both club and country in the past year.

The 25-year-old has been a key player for Atletico this season, making 30 appearances in the Spanish LaLiga so far, and scoring three times for Diego Simeone's outfit who currently sit second on the table with two rounds of matches to go.

At international level, Partey has become most important for Ghana. He has helped the Black Stars qualify for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where they will face Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ghana U17 striker Mukarama Abdulai beat competition from Faustina Ampah and Grace Asantewaa to win the Female Footballer of the Year award.

It is another accolade in the bag for the Northern Ladies forward, who has been promoted into Ghana's senior national outfit and has scored in each of her last two matches.

At the Fifa U17 World Cup last year, she netted seven times to win the top scorer's golden boot award and also emerged as the third best player of the tournament.

At such a young age, she was an admirable nominee for the Africa Women's Footballer of the Year gong at the Caf Awards held in January this year.