MFM Football Club of Lagos rock solid defender, Adeyinka Najeem received the Sportflames Player of the Season Award in a mini celebration with his teammates, he also revealed, his new challenge is to boost his career and play in a better league next season.
Najeem who emerged winner of Sportsflames/MFM Player Of The Season Award after he beat three other nominees, the club’s Vice-Captain Akanni Elijah (Attacking Midfielder), Adeniyi Bamidele (Goalkeeper) and Adikwu Moses (Defender).
A delighted Najeem who took home a trophy and a cash sum of 25, 000, told the media: “I’m delighted with this award as it’s the right tonic for me and reward for my hard work for the team during the season.
“It’s not just an award but one that will boost my career. It was not easy winning this award as MFM FC had players that were outstanding this season.
” I really appreciate my teammates for their support and love shown throughout the season, now that the season is over, the new focus for me is to move to another league to further my career. I hope the right offers comes too as I know with God all things are possible.”
According to Olatoye Olawale, Managing Partner Sportflames Communications organizer’s of the Award, says the reason for this award is to encourage players that has distinguished themselves with their performance and also our own Corporate Social Responsibilities;
In his words,” We are very glad to have achieved this again, after three seasons, we had the Maiden edition in 2017, but due to situations we could not do it again, but we are back and better now, the winner is excited, we are excited and everyone present at the Stadium are all excited, which means we have achieved our aims and purpose, putting smiles on faces and encouraging talented players”
” Najeem, is a player we have watched and monitored for a long time, his style of play is different, he always listens to correction and ready to learn, his ability going forward supporting attacks is always very beautiful, everyone loves him and you could see that today, he has proved to everyone that he is a worthy winner.
Finally,” we are not stopping here, we would keep improving every season, our desire is to expand this Award Presentation, hopefully we can do other teams aside MFM, then maybe we can make it a National Award Ceremony.
At the end, Najeem pulled 40.8% of votes while his closest rival, Elijah got 28.5% votes. Goalkeeper Adeniyi Bamidele came third in the poll with 17.4% votes while Moses got 13.3% votes.
Onuwa Chukwuka (now with Lobi Stars) win the inaugural edition in 2017 owing to his brilliant form for the Olukoya Boys as they qualified for the CAF Champions League and was also instrumental in the famous CNN Goal Of The Week scored by Sikiru Olatunbosun against Rangers at the Agege Stadium.