December 17, 2015

Ighalo, Ikhana to receive Edo FA awards

Ighalo, Ikhana to receive Edo FA awards


Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 2003 African Coach of The Year Kadiri Ikhana and 2005 U-17 World Cup winner Victor Osimhen are among several other outstanding football personalities that would be honoured at the maiden Edo Football Association Awards ceremony.

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The event, which was initially fixed for December 18, has been rescheduled for December 30 at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City. It is organised by the Edo FA in conjunction with the Emmanuel Usoh Foundation.

Chairman of Edo FA, Frank Ilaboya, said the ceremony is organised to celebrate Edo indigenes who contributed to the growth and development of football in the state and beyond.

“Ighalo is very happy with the recognition from his state and even though he won’t be able to attend the ceremony because of the ongoing EPL season, his wife will receive the award on his behalf,” Ilaboya said.

Ighalo has been shortlisted for the Player of The Year (overseas-based) while Ikhana, who led Enyimba to a historic seventh league title last season, is Coach of The Year. Osimhen is Young Player of The Year.

The PUNCH’s ’Tana Aiyejina (print), Saliu Ibrahim (radio) and Oni Obadan (television) are the media persons of the year.

Nigeria Football Federation boss Pinnick Amaju (Football Personality of The Year), Chris Okaeben (Administrator of The Year), Austin Eguavoen (Football Ambassador of Edo) and Otamere Nelson (Referee of The Year) are some of the other award recipients.Special recognition awards would also be given to Alabi Aisien, Sebastian Brodericks-Imasuen, Amodu Shaibu, Abel Ehigie, Faith Irabor, Larry Izamoje and several other personalities.