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Faith Ikidi delighted to win defender of the year award in Sweden

10 November 2015, 14:14

Lagos - At a gala ceremony held in Sweden on Monday, Nigeria international Faith Ikidi was voted the best defender in the Swedish Damallsvenskan, with the Pitea IF star beating the duo of Amanda Ilestedt and Linda Sembrant to land the award.

The former Bayelsa Queens stopper was not present to receive the award as she had traveled to Nigeria to get married but was delighted to be recognized in a recorded message.

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''Good evening, everyone, hope you have a fantastic evening. Unfortunately I am not there to receive my prize. Right now I'm in Nigeria, to get married in a few weeks,'' said Faith Ikidi, according to Expressen.

''Getting the Defender of the Year Award makes me both happy and grateful. I want to thank my coach Stellan Carlsson, it is an honor to work with you.

''I would also like to thank Peter Hansson, I want to thank my teammates, my friends and my fans. I love you all.''

Ikidi became eligible for Swedish citizenship in November 2015, having spent more than 10 years in the Scandinavian country.

She was approached by manager Pia Sundhage to represent Sweden but the request was turned down as she has played competitively for the Super Falcons.

The 28-year-old assisted Pitea finish third in the league last term but was surprisingly omitted from the Super Falcons 2015 World Cup roster.

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