By Saheed Afolabi
Confluence Queens FC star Mercy Omokwo and Naija Ratels FC Manager Bankole Olowookeere have won the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) awards player and manager of the month.
Mercy Omokwo finished ahead of Naija Ratels forward Olamide Adugbe and Nasarawa Amazons Abigail Sunday to win the coveted monthly awards.
The Confluence Queens forward scooped the prize after some sensational performances in the matches against Pelican Stars and Osun Babes. She netted the first hat-trick of the season against Pelican Stars on matchday one and went ahead to score the only goal as her team went past Osun Babes in Ile-Ogbo.
In all, Mercy Omokwo scored four goals in three matches, same as Olamide Adugbe, who also scored four goals in three matches, with fewer number of minutes played.
In the Manager’s category, Bankole Olowookeere edged out Liadi Bashiru of Confluence Queens and Christopher Danjuma of Nasarawa Amazons to win his first manager of the month awards.
Seven points out of nine possible gave the Naija Ratels Manager the prestigious award. His team, Naija Ratels are on top of the NWFL premiership Group A table with 2 wins and a draw in the month of December.
The ‘One day at a time’ Ladies won Osun Babes 2-0 in the first game at the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja, before deservedly getting a point in their 2-2 draw against Edo Queens at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
They ended the month on a high with the 5-2 bashing of Adamawa Queens in Abuja.
A panel of NWFL premiership experts decided the winners of the player/manager of the month awards through a very fair voting process.
The awards will be presented to the duo on matchday five in Lokoja.
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