World champion, Tobi Amusan, who won gold and broke records in 100m hurdles at this year’s World Athletics Championship and Commonwealth Games, is among distinguished Nigerian sportsmen and women who will be decorated with 2022 Sheroe awards today in Abuja.
A statement by Ratel Sports Development Foundation (RSDF) president, Barrister Paul Edeh, and the awards committee chairman, Mr Moses Bako disclosed that reigning African woman footballer of the year and Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala, will be crowned Sheroe African Footballer of the Year.
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The Head Coach of Nigeria’s Flamingos, Bankole Olowookere, will be presented with the Sheroe Sports Icon of the year for leading the girls to their first-ever bronze medal at the just concluded U-17 Women’s World Championship in India.
Other awardees are Super Falcons player Monday Gift (Sheroe Women Football Rising Star of the year), Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki (Sheroe Trailblazer of the year), a board member of the NFF, Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen (Sheroe Lifetime Achievement award), Mrs Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe (Sheroe Capital Achievement award), and Coach Emmanuel Osahon (Sheroe Women Football Talent Developer of the year.
Others are Ruqayyah Adeboye (Sheroe Humanitarian of the year), Nelly Orisakwe (Sheroe Women Football Grassroots Coach of the year) and Ayisat Yusuf-Aromire (Sheroe Girl-Child Advocate of the year).
There will also be a posthumous award for late Alhaji Tewogboye Oyewole as Sheroe Pioneer of Women Football in Nigeria.
And out of the 36 states and the FCT, Lagos State Football Association has been picked as Sheroe Most Outstanding Women Football Development FA of the year.
On the essence of the event, the organisers said the awards ceremony which debuted in 2020, is among other things, to acknowledge remarkable feats achieved by women as well as individuals and organisations towards the enhancement of women across the globe.