Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is among the nominees for the 2021 Ballers Awards.
In a plush unveiling ceremony held on Friday evening, the Super Eagle will compete for honours in four categories namely: Fans Favourite Baller, Forward of the Year, Baller of the Year, while his effort against Lesotho will compete for the Super Eagles Goal of the Year.
Thanks to her impressive outing for Barcelona – a team she helped win the Spanish league title as well as walk home with the topscorer’s gong, Oshoala faces stiff challenge in Atletico Madrid’s Rasheedat Ajibade, Chiamake Nnadozie, Uchenna Kanu and Christy Uchebe in the quest to be named as the Baller of the Year Female.
Oshoala must also negotiate her way past Watford’s William Troost-Ekong, Saudi Arabia based Odion Ighalo, and Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa for the Humanitarian of the Year Prize.
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Calvin Bassey’s impressive form for Scottish Premiership side Rangers has not gone unrecognised as he will compete with Anayo Iwuala, Monday Gift, Raphael Onyedika and Abraham Marcus in the Revelation of the Year category.
“We are in for the biggest football award show in Nigeria. We are bringing some innovations, we are expanding it to more categories, the event itself is going to be bigger, publicity is going to be much bigger,” event organiser Gbenga Salu told the Completesports.
“We are talking in collaboration with some foreign media as well to make sure that even the players that are nominated they get joy out of being nominated by their clubs, media outlets and all that. So I think people should just expect the biggest award show in Nigeria."
This year’s edition is expected to be viewed by over 500,000 people on major TV stations across Nigeria.
NOMINEES IN FULL
Revelation of the Year
Fans Favourite Baller
Goalkeeper of the Year
Defender of the Year
Midfielder of the Year
Forward of the Year
Baller of the Year - Male
Baller of the Year - Female
Humanitarian of the Year
Most Promising Baller
Coach of the Year
Super Eagles Goal of the Year
Iheanacho vs Liberia (Second Goal)
Onuachu vs Lesotho
Osimhen vs Lesoho
Leon Balogun vs Central African Republic
Best Local based player
Brenda Shima (AIT)
Kenny Ogunmiloro (BCOS TV)
Ikenwa Nnabuogor (Score Nigeria)
Shina Oludare (GOAL.COM)
Omoniyi Feranmi (Premium Times)
Ojora Babatunde (OJB Sports)
Best Sports Photography