Faith Ikidi named Pitea IF’s best player of 2017

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The centre-back has been recognised as the best woman for her Damallsvenskan side for third time since joining them in 2011

Nigeria international Faith Ikidi has been named best player of 2017 by Swedish Damallsvenskan side Pitea IF.

The 30-year-old moved to LF Arena from Linkoping in 2011 and penned a new contract this November, extending her stay with Stellen Carlsson's ladies until 2019.

The Super Falcons star contributed two goals in 22 games – her sixth goal in seven-season in the colours of Pitea and eighth since her move in Sweden in 2009.

Her two goals were the winners in the 2-0 win over KIF Örebro, which ultimately inspired Pitea fourth-place finish.

And the 2016 African Women's Cup of Nations Cup winner is pleased winning her side's prize for the third time - she previously won it in 2011 and 2015.

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"I just received a surprise award in training this evening player of the year For the third time 2011,2015 and 2017," Ikidi posted on her Facebook page. 

"What can I say than to thank almighty God for the grace, thanks to my coaches and players for the part of my success. Since I just Pitea IF with no regret thank you all and thanks to Kuriren bollen. Grateful heart, God is the reason for the season# Indeed is my year of flourishing."

She became the first African to hit 200th appearance in Damallsvenskan this term and was nominated for the best defender of 2017- an award she scooped in 2015.

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