Osimhen, Bassey, Odegbami emerge as winners

Super Eagles stars Victor Osimhen, Calvin Bassey, Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala and legendary Nigerian international chef Segun Odegbami were among the winners of the 2021 Ballers Awards.

The Fourth Annual Ballers Awards was held on Sunday June 12, 2022 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Other recipients include Joe Aribo, Zaidu Sanusi, Maduka Okoye, Ahmed Musa, Kennedy Boboye, Paul Onuachu and Anayo Iwuala.

Attending Sunday’s awards were NFF First Vice President, Advocate Seyi Akinwunmi, Chief Odegbami, Group Chief Executive, Complete Communications Limited, Dr Mumini Alao and Chairman of the Sports Commission of the Lagos State, Sola Aiyepekun.

Also present were renowned sports presenters Deji Omotoyinbo, Charles Anazodo, Mozez Praiz and Big Brother Naija Lockdown Housemate Ozoemena who presented one of the awards.

In the awards categories, Osimhen won both striker of the year and ball of the year for men, Bassey received the revelation of the year award, Odegbami received the legendary award ball, Onuachu was awarded the Super Eagles Goal of the Year and Oshoala was the recipient of Fan Favorite Ballerina and Ballerina of the Year awards.

Goalkeeper of the Year went to Maduka Okoye, Sanusi was chosen Best Defender of the Year, Aribo was named Midfielder of the Year, Super Eagles skipper Musa was named Humanitarian of the Year Boboye was voted coach of the year, Espérance Tunisian striker Anayo Iwuala received the award for the best local player and Ajani Waheed returned home with the most promising ball.

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And in other award categories, Akinwunmi won the Excellence in Leadership award and veteran journalist Kunle Solaja received the Industry Icon of the Year award.

Additionally, goal.com’s Shina Oludare won the Best Print/Online award, the Best TV/VLOG award went to Hindsight Podcast while Justina Aniefiok won the Best Sports Photography award.

Representatives collected prizes for most winners who were not present at the event.

There were music, dance and comedy shows to entertain the guests.

Former Nigerian internationals like Joe Erico, Barnabas Imenger, Justice Christopher, Yisa Shofoluwe who recently passed away have all been recalled by the organizers of the award.

Also remembered are Complete Sports founder and Nigerian sports icon, Dr. Sunny Emmanuel Ojeagbase and former NFF technical director, Kashimawo Laloko.

Speaking after the awards ceremony, the founder of the Naijafootballers organizers of the Ballers Awards, Gbenga Salu, thanked everyone who took the time to be at the award.

“Let me take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who attended this award, I cannot thank you enough. You have made this possible by taking the time to be here.

“We are looking forward to the next edition which will take place next year and we hope that it will be bigger than what we have just witnessed, because we always pray that the new edition will be bigger than the previous one. So again I want to say a big thank you to everyone, I’m grateful.

Ballers Awards 2021 winners:

– REVELATION OF THE YEAR
Calvin Bassey

– FAN FAVORITE BALLER
Asisat Oshoala

– GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Maduka Okoye

– DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Zaidu Sanusi

– MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Joe Aribo

– ADVANCE OF THE YEAR
Victor Osimhen

– BALLER OF THE YEAR – MEN
Victor Osimhen

– BALLER OF THE YEAR – WOMAN
Asisat Oshoala

– HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Ahmad Musa

– MOST PROMISING BALLER
Ajani Wahid

– COACH OF THE YEAR
Kennedy Boboye

– SUPER EAGLES GOAL OF THE YEAR
Paul Onuachu VS LESOTHO

– BEST LOCAL PLAYER
Anayo Iwuala

– BEST TV/VLOG
Retrospective Podcast (YOUTUBE)

– BEST PRINT/ONLINE
Shina Oludare (goal.com)

– BEST SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Justina Aniefiok

– INDUSTRY ICON OF THE YEAR
Kunle Solaja

– EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD
Seyi Akinwunmi

– LEGENDARY BALLER
Segun Odegbami

By James Agberebi

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