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  • Revelation of the year – Zaidu Sanusi
  • Goalkeeper of the year- Daniel Akpeyi
  • Defender of the year – Ola Aina 
  • Midfielder of the year – Wilfred Ndidi
  • Forward of the year – Victor Osimhen
  • Coach Of The Year – Ndubuisi Egbo
  • Baller of the year (Male)- Victor Osimhen 
  • Baller of the year (Female) – Asisat Oshoala 
  • Innovative leadership award- Amaju Pinnick
  • Legendary Baller of the year – Perpetua Nkwocha
  • Industry Icon award – Mr Mumini Alao
  • Journalist of the year – Shina Oludare
  • Most Promising Baller – Akinkunmi Amoo
  • Goalkeeper of the Year – Daniel Akpeyi
  • Defender of the Year – William Troost-Ekong
  • Midfielder of the Year – Wilfred Ndidi
  • Forward of the Year – Odion Ighalo
  • Best Local Based Player – Ibrahim Sunusi
  • Revelation of the Year – Cyriel Dessers
  • Journalist of the year – Mohammed Sulieman
  • Humanitarian of the Year – Odion Ighalo
  • Goal of the Year – Paul Onuachu vs Egypt
  • Baller of the Year (Male): Wilfred Ndidi
  • Baller of the Year (Female): Onome Ebi
  • Legendary Baller – Victor Ikpeba
  • Future Star Award – Tosin Kehinde
  • Revelation of the Year – Henry Onyekuru
  • Best Local-based player  – Alhassan Ibrahim
  • Goalkeeper of the Year – Ikechukwu Ezenwa
  • Defender of the Year – William Troost Ekong
  • Midfielder of the Year – Wilfred Ndidi
  • Forward of the Year – Odion Ighalo
  • Humanitarian Baller of the Year – Odion Ighalo 
  • Football Brand of the Year – Aiteo Group


The Ballers Awards is an exclusive annual event, where the exemplary achievements of Nigerian footballers, in the year under review are celebrated.

Football is a universal sport, the most watched and most loved sport in the world. The men and women who make the sport happen are often at the receiving end of so much criticism despite actively giving their all. A brainchild of the Naija footballers brand, the event was created to celebrate the heros of Nigerian football with the ability to rival any such international event. 

Since it’s inception in 2018, the awards has seen prestigious footballers such as Victor Osimhen, Odion Ighalo, Wilfred Ndidi and William Troost-Ekong amongst many more be recipients of the award.

Submit Your Best Work For Consideration

Entries are now open for Nigerian football journalists to submit their best works from the 2021 calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). This year, the category has been split up into four sub-categories. Click on any of the links below to submit your entry. ENTRY CLOSES APRIL 10th, 2022.


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