Ghana midfielder Thomas Abbey has penned an emotional message to Hearts of Oak and his supporters after winning the 2017 SWAG (local) Footballer off the Year accolade on Friday night.
Abbey was the driving force behind Hearts of Oak last season – scoring 15 goals in all competitions to help the side finish 3rd on the standings as well as runners up in the MTN FA Cup final.
Abbey excelled in a make-shift left back role as the Local Black Stars won the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations on home soil.
His statistics ensured he overtook Asante Kotoko captain Amos Frimpong and Stephen Sarfo of Berekum Chelsea.
The 24-year-old was touted for a big money move to several clubs in Europe following his scintillating performance for the Phobians.
However, he joined Egyptian giants Ismaily FC as a free agent after refusing to extend his contract with the Accra-based giants.
At the 43rd SWAG award, which was held at the International Conference Centre, the former Windy Professionals wideman was honoured as the best local Footballer of the Year in the season gone by.
After claiming the gong, Abbey penned a heart warming message to his former club as well as his fans who helped throughout his stay in the Ghana Premier League.
“I scored on the day but I would trade my personal goal for the trophy. Last season, I had my best performance with the club after almost six years of service. I served Hearts with professionalism, honesty, passion, and 100% dedication.
“Thank you so much to every fan who has supported my work for the last six years, to all the players – past and present – and staff of the club; to all the sports writers and journalists who keep promoting the league; to all my family and friends from Prampram to Winneba and across the length of Ghana.”
“Thank you. Thank you for the amazing support. My 2017 SWAG (local) Footballer of the Year goes to all of you. I dedicate it to all my family, friends, fans, coaches, and playing mates. Thank you.
By: Emmanuel Asante