Confluence Queens hold mid season award ceremony
Confluence Queens held the club’s mid season awards ceremony at the Confluence Stadium, with the Golden Gloves; Best Defender; Best Midfielder and Best Striker awards all up for grabs on Thursday morning.
The Golden Gloves award winner with six games played and four clean sheets kept, went to Mercy Vincent.
Dead ball specialist, Polinus Ifeoma picked up the best striker award, while Bola Oladiti was rewarded for her ball winning style in midfield.
Ogechi Joseph walked away with the best defender of the mid season award.
The awards were presented by Chairman of the team, Mallam Abdul Sule and Supporters Club Chief, Hon Moses Nagogo Bako.
Here are the breakdown and analysis of the mid season awards of the New Direction Queens.
Golden Gloves: Mercy Vincent
There is no doubt that the goalkeeper has risen to become an important member of the team, after wrestling the number one shirt from Equatorial Guinea international Ruth Sunday.
Vincent has 33 stopped shots while allowing four goals in six league matches this season. She is a brick wall and many of the goals she allowed were unstoppable. Very seldom was Vincent the woman to blame for a goal.
She is a tough customer and you would have to tie him down with heavy duty password protected locks to keep her off the pitch.
Best Defender: Ogechi Joseph
There is no doubt that Ogechi, who in only her second year at Confluence Queens after leaving Sunshine Queens is among the elite in the defense line. The brick wall in defense and one of the most dangerous attacking defenders, especially coming forward on set pieces for the New Direction Queens.
Ogechi’s play has made her a no-brainer in the starting lineup and has made herself one of the most important players on the pitch for the Hummel kitted outfit.
There is no doubt that she is not only one of Confluence Queens’ best players overall, if not the very best, but also a leader on the pitch match after match.
Best Midfielder: Bola Oladiti
At times, Oladiti looked lost during the 2015/16 season and was very inconsistent in the Confluence Queens midfield.
This year, she was one of the best players of the team overall.
Oladiti was a gem in the first stanza and has returned the faith showed by coach Tenimu Nayashi in her with incredible performances.
You cannot possibly improve as much as Oladiti has done so far this season.
Best Striker: Polinus Ifeoma
Polinus has became a fan favourite with Confluence Queens. Her performances were crucial to the team’s rise to second at the end of the first round.
With timely goals, brilliant set-ups, and a fiery energy that could make fans smile, the former COD Ladies free kick specialist is an incredible player.
She came up big in important situations for Confluence Queens, especially in the victory against Pelican Stars in Calabar.
My name is Ademetan Abayomi Olabode, a women football writer and blogger.
I cover events regarding the Nigeria Women Football League and the national teams.