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