Lagos - Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has been named the
Footballer of the Year 2015 at the Nigerian Sports Award ceremony held at the
Eko Hotels in Lagos.
The CSKA forward, who was nominated alongside Watford
striker Odion Ighalo and Sunshine Stars’ Tunde Adeniji, was not physically
present as he has returned to Russia after the international break.
Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick was
present to receive the award on Musa behalf.
Following his great performance, on 1 June 2015, Musa signed
a new four-year contract with CSKA, keeping him at the club until the end of
the 2018/19 season.
In the women category, Ngozi Okobi beat Desire Oparanozie
and Asisat Oshoala to emerge winner.
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Other categories saw basketballer Chamberlain Oguchi beat
Olumide Oyedeji and Aruna Quadri to the Ball Sport Person of the Year, while
powerlifter Are Feyisetan beat D’Tigers’ William Voigt and Bashir Mohammed in
Cycling to the Coach of the Year.
In Combat Sport Person of the Year, Efe Ajagba was named
winner ahead of Boltic Sinivie and Henry Hendrix, while Kelechi Nwanaga was
named the Discovery of the Year ahead of
Taiwo Awoniyi and Amusan Tobiloba.
Special Sport Person award went to Yakubu Adesokan who beat
Loveline Obiji and Lovina and Onyegbule to the feat, with Yakmut Alhassan being
named the Sports Administrator of the
Sportsman of the Year went to powerlifter Yakubu Adesokan,
just as Balqis Otunla won the Weightlifter of the year award. Tosin Oke was
named Track and Field Star of the Year ahead of Uke Claire and Kelechi Nwanagan,
and Team of The Year was awarded to Men Basketball Team.
Eyeanugie Primary School in Benin City was named the School
Sports Award winner. Ganiyu Yusuf was named the Journalist of the Year (photo),
Tana Aiyejina was named the winner of the Journalist of the Year (Print),
Chinasia Ibonye emerged winner of the Journalist of the Year (Radio), and
Austin Okon-Akpan won the Journalist of the Year (Television) in the colourful
ceremony also attended by the new Youth and Sports minister Solomon Dalung.
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