Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Akombo, Sunshine lead Naija Premier League Xmas awards

Winners in the second edition of the Naija Premier League Christmas Online Awards have emerged.
After careful deliberation by the organisers of the awards, and have named winners in eight categories of Best Player, Best Foreign Player, Best Rookie, Fastest Goal of the Season, Best Brand, Best Coach, Best Club (in terms of performance), Best Promoted Club and Special Recognition.
In the Best Player category, Ukeyima Akombo (pictured) of Sunshine Stars beat teammate, Cletus Itodo as well as Jude Aneke of Kaduna United and Isiaka Olawale of Kwara United to the crown for this year’s best in the awards.
Ghanaian James Amankwei, who plays for Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club, edged the duo of Owusu Addae of Dolphins and Ousmane Pape Sane of Sharks due to his yeoman performance for The Healers in the ongoing season.
Left-footed Chima Akas of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) picked the gong for Best Rookie in the Premier League ahead of the trio of Philip Asuquo (Crown Football Club), Audu Akeem (Bukola Babes) and Anthony Okemiri (Kwara United).
The Fastest Goal award went to Enugu Rangers’ man, Musa Najire, whose third minute strike against Zamfara United in a Week 5 game remains the fastest ahead.
Following its N2.6 billion title sponsorship bid for the Premier League in Nigeria, the panelists of and picked MTN ahead of Owu, manufacturer of Shooting Stars’ kits for this season.
Gbenga Ogunbote and his team, Sunshine Stars, grabbed two big awards as the Best Coach and Best Club respectively for holding on to top spot into the Christmas and New Year while Crown FC are recognised as the Best Promoted Club.
For providing four grounds to Premier League clubs – Crown FC, Kwara United, Shooting Stars and Sunshine Stars – Ogun State is recognised for boosting the quality of the league.
Four stadia in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode, Ilaro and Sagamu are being used for Premier League games this season making Ogun – the only state to have four sides and four grounds in the topflight.

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