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Photos: Akinwunmi sees brighter Nigeria girls soccer as Amusan, Icheen, others bag Sheroes awards


It was a second of glitz and blitz through the 2022 Sheroes Awards ceremony when excellent Nigerians have been honoured in spectacular methods in step with their quite a few attainments and contributions to girls sports activities developments.

On the occasion which held inside the distinguished Benefit Home Maitama Abuja, many sports activities personalities from all walks of life gathered in a chill out environment of celebration.

In a keynote tackle, the fast previous 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF), Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, who went down reminiscence lane, expressed optimism that ladies soccer in Nigeria and a part of the world “is the following large factor”.

Barr. Akunwunmi who was the occasion’s particular visitor of honour mentioned, “
Girls’s soccer is subsequent large factor, we’ve got simply had our current trophy on the World stage in girls soccer. I’m significantly proud for a lot of causes. For us to grasp the place we’re going, we have to perceive the place we coming from.

“The Girls’s Tremendous League in UK began in 2010. At this time we’ve got gamers there who earn big moneys. We had 11m individuals watching the World Cup finals. 5 years in the past, the very best attendance in girls’s soccer was 3000.

“We just lately had over 60000 who watched Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid. Businesses have began taking particular curiosity within the recreation. We will win the World Cup if we benefit from what we’ve got.

“Many corporations need to spend money on girls’s soccer. They’re coming to Nigeria. These organisations are able to pump cash within the girls’s recreation.”

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Additionally talking, one of many awardees and NFF govt board member, Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen, whereas revealing how she rose from grass to grace in her chosen life profession, admonished younger girls footballers to be targeted and decided.

Rt. Hon Icheen gained Sheroes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Host and President of Ratels Sports activities Growth Basis (RSDF), Barr. Paul Edeh, mentioned ardour has remained his driving drive in his dedication to contribute to girls soccer growth in Nigeria and past.

Barr. Edeh whose Basis sponsors the continued Sheroes Cup, a pre-season event yearly, assured that the competitors and awards occasion will proceed to get higher.

He made it clear that those that have been honoured on the occasion received it based mostly on benefit, and that the Basis didn’t gather any gratification in trade for the award.

“I’ve at all times desired to contribute my quota in making the society, particularly the ladies higher. It has not been straightforward, however my crew and I’ve at all times tasked ourselves and we’re motivated to do what we do.

“Everybody irrespective of your standing is anticipated to contribute his or her quota to make our society a greater and protected place to dwell,” he mentioned.

A complete of 12 people and organisations have been honoured on the occasion.

They embrace Nigerian sensational sprinter and World file holder Tobi Amusan as Sheroe of the yr award, reigning African lady footballer of the yr and Nigeria’s Tremendous Falcons ahead Asisat Oshoala as Sheroe African Footballer of the yr.

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The top coach of Nigeria’s Flamingos, Bankole Olowookere, whose crew gained bronze on the 2022 FIFA U17 Girls’s World Cup, bagged Sheroe Sports activities Icon of the yr, simply because the Spouse of Edo State Governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki emerged the Sheroe Trailblazer of the yr.

Different awardees are Tremendous Falcons participant Monday Present (Sheroe Girls Soccer Rising Star of the yr), Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe (Sheroe Capital Achievement award), and Coach Emmanuel Osahon (Sheroe Girls Soccer Expertise Developer of the yr.

Additionally, Ruqayyah Adeboye (Sheroe Humanitarian of the yr), Nelly Orisakwe (Sheroe Girls Soccer Grassroots Coach of the yr) and Ayisat Yusuf-Aromire (Sheroe Woman-Little one Advocate of the yr) have been introduced with the awards.

There was additionally posthumous award for late Alhaji Tewogboye Oyewole as Sheroe Pioneer of the Girls Soccer in Nigeria.

Lagos State Soccer Affiliation then gained Sheroe Most Excellent Girls Soccer Growth FA of the yr.