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Keshi delighted over award

27 November 2013, 18:30Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi says he is delighted to win the Coach of the Year award at the 2013 Nigerian Sports Award in Lagos.

In a well-attended ceremony at the Muson Centre, Keshi was presented with the Nigerian Coach of the Year award while Victor Moses and Perpetual Nkwocha won the Super Eagles and Super Falcons footballers of the year respectively.

“I never thought of being nominated let alone being named the Coach of the Year in Nigeria, the first time I will be receiving such an award. I am overwhelmed and thankful to those who thought me good enough to be so honoured, God will honour them”, Keshi said in a statement made available to News24 Nigeria.

“I am happy that there are some people out there who are taking note of our little contribution to Nigerian football and thought it wise to give awards. The award will give me more energy, zeal and determination to do more for football in Nigeria at the highest level”, he said.

Keshi then took time off to list those he thinks have been instrumental to the national team’s success since he took over.

“I must give honour to whom it’s due, my employers, the NFF have been very supportive of my programmes, I thank them for that, the coaching crew and other staff I have worked with, the players who have been totally committed, fans of the game who have been more than supportive and more importantly God Almighty, without whom nothing could have been achieved.

The coach also said he was not shocked that Alhaji Aminu Maigari, the NFF President emerged the Sports Personality of the Year. “He has been an inspiration to football management in all spheres”, he said.

- News24


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