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Reuben Gabriel wins LBA Player of the Year

Posted: 29 October 2012 Time: 13:26

Kano Pillars midfielder Reuben Gabriel was named the Player of the Year at the 2012 League Bloggers Awards (LBA) in Lagos on Sunday.

The Nigerian midfielder edged three others, Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars), Sibi Gwar (Niger Tornadoes) and David Tyavkase (Lobi Stars), to the prestigious award in the season under review in the Nigeria Premier League.

The 22-year-old capped the evening on a high by also scooping the Best National Team Player. The other nominees for this category were Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves) and Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves).

A delighted Gabriel said afterwards: “I'm honoured to be the winner of the Player of the Year and also Best National Team Player. I want to thank my teammates at Kano Pillars and in the Super Eagles for this, my coaches too and fans as well as the organisers of this awards.

“This will only encourage me to do well in future for my club and country whenever I represent both teams in any competition.”

There were other winners on the night at the LBA, including Sibi Gwar of Niger Tornadoes (Highest Goalscorer), Andrew Abalogu of ABS (Rookie of the Year), Theophilus Afelokhai of Kano Pillars (Best Goalkeeper), Tamen Medrano of Sunshine Stars and Cameroon (Best Foreigner/Joetex Frimpong Award) and Kano Pillars (Club of the Year).

LBA Winners
Rookie of the Year - Andrew Abalogu (ABS)
Best Goalkeeper - Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars)
Best Foreigner - Tamen Medrano (Sunshine Stars/Cameroon)
Club of the Year - Kano Pillars
Best Designed Club Jersey - 3SC (OWU)
Highest Goalscorer Award - Sibi Gwar (16 goals)
Manager of the Year (NPL) - Dominic Iorfa (Lobi Stars)
Manager of the Year (Africa) - Gbenga Ogunbote (Sunshine Stars)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:35 pm
Does anyone know if Gabriel is fit at the moment? I want wore hungry Homebased in the Super Eagles!!
posted: 01:45 pm
Lets risk it and use our Homebased. Ok maybe few Europebased....

The fact that Keshi has the time to concentrete on the Homebased could make a huge difference, in my opinion.
Guys like. Yobo, Elderson, Ambrose, Musa, I.Uche, Moses, Brown, J. Obi, Enyema are all commited 200%!

Lets just doit and take a risk and take only this players and ad them with Homebased.

You are the people who want something new...
posted: 02:01 pm
Trot!! Fetch!!!
posted: 03:07 pm
Where is Kickoff Nigeria?
posted: 11:32 pm
blackpanther, i don't really agree with you on that matter. Reuben is a good player and i can forsee that he will soon become foreign based just like Juwon Oshaniwa and Uche Kalu before him, If a player is good enough to make the team when he is home based then he should continue to be in the team if he becomes foreign based. My fear is that continuity is being sacrificed on the altar of this "use home based at all cost" syndrome.
If keshi must use home-based players, why not try them in the CHAN competitions and introduce the exceptionally good ones to SE one at a time.
In my opinion, the Venezuela match should be played by 85% of the teams likey to play in South Africa mixed with only 15% of probables.
But you bet Mr Keshi will call up entire team of players who will not be at the tournament which is barely 2 months away for this match.
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