• Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

…Charges Deborah Abiodun to keep fighting

Edo States deputy governor, Rt. Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu has showered encomium on Nigerian players — Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala, Chiamaka Nnadozie and the Super Falcons on their respective win at the 2023 Confederation of African Football Award gala.

The award night which was held in Marrakech, Morocco Monday evening saw the trio win individual awards they were nominated for and the Super Falcons of Nigeria emerging as the National Team of the Year (women category)

Napoli striker, Victor James Osimhen the first Nigerian in 24 years — after Nwankwo Kanu — beat Paris Saint-German and Morroco defender, Achraf Hakimi and Liverpool and Egypt forward, Mohammed Salah to Africa’s most prestigious players award.

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In the women’s category, Barcelona Feminine striker, Asisat Oshoala emerged top above South African and Racing Louisville Football Club forward, Thembi Kgatlana and Zambia and Shanghai Sheng forward, Barbra Banda to clinch the award for a record sixth time.

Paris Feminine goalkeeper, Chiamaka Cynthia Nnadozie capped a wonderful year of great exploits with the Goalkeeper of the Year (Women Category) ahead of Kadija Er-Rmichi of Morocco and Andile Dlamini of South Africa.

Emerging midfield sensation, Deborah Abiodun narrowly lost to Moroccan Nesryne El Chad but ahead of Comfort Yeboah of Ghana, in the Young Player of the Year (Women).

Shaibu in a series of social media posts on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook and Instagram commended the players for their achievement, tagging them as the epitome of consistency, sacrifice and determination as well as inspiration to the younger ones who look forward to becoming like them in the future.

The deputy governor meanwhile comforted Deborah Abiodun while charging her not to relent, but to keep fighting as in due time, she will also be celebrated.

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