By Oluwakayode Banjo
Outstanding players of the Elford Aliyu Football Foundation have been rewarded for their excellent performances throughout the 2023 FC Challenge season.
At a ceremony to climax the season, held at Bashorun Ogunmola High School, Ring Road, Ibadan, the outstanding players, who were voted for by their colleagues, scooped various awards in the different age categories, while some parents were also rewarded for their commitment.
Our sports correspondent reports that the Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs Department, Radio Nigeria Ibadan Zonal Station, Mr Adewumi Faniran received the Leadership and Monitoring Award, while his son, Bukunmi Faniran received an award of the Coach Player of the Year for the under 10 category.
Some of the other awardees were Babalola Jomiloju who won Player of Players for under 10, Ariyo Matthew clinched Player of Players for under 13, while the Player of Players award for under 17 went to Babalola Gbeminiyi.
Also, Olamijulo Idowu was crowned the most consistent player of the year for the under-10 category, while Adewale Ayuba won the same award for the under-17 category.
In a remark, Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs Department, Radio Nigeria Ibadan Zonal Station, Mr Adewumi Faniran charged the players to remain committed to the game by always exhibiting hard work and diligence.
Mr Faniran also advised the players to focus on their education to complement their pursuit of a career in football.
The Elford Aliyu Football Foundation is expected to resume training on the 20th of January, next year.
Below is a full list of Awards
FCCHALLENGE END OF YEAR PRESENTATION 2023
DISCOVERY: UNDER 10
1. PLAYER OF THE PLAYERS
FOUNDATION: UNDER 11 – 13
2. PLAYER OF PLAYERS
DEVELOPMENT: U14 – 16
3. PLAYER OF PLAYERS
COACH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. UNDER 10 BUKUNMI FANIRAN
2. UNDER 13 DURODOLA MICHEAL NIFEMI
3. UNDER 14 ADERIBIGBE JEREMIAH
4. UNDER 17 BABALOLA GBEMINIYI
MOST CONSISTENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. UNDER 10 OLAMIJULO IDOWU
2. UNDER 17 ADEWALE AYUBA
FAIR PLAY AWARD
1. DENNIS ADENIJI
BEST COACH OF THE YEAR
1. COACH OKE AIKUOLA
2. COACH AYODELE SEUNFUNI SEGUN
3. COACH ADEPOJU RIDWAN ADESHINA
LEADERSHIP AWARD AND MONTORING
1. MR. DAPO BABALOLA
2. MR. ADEWUNMI FANIRAN