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Meet the Winners - TMS EOY Awards 2021

January 1, 2022

Compliments of the season from us and ours, to you and yours. This year has taken a lot of getting used to. Almost everything around us has changed in some sort of way. How we work, communicate, travel, do business and even play. One thing though, that has remained is your love and support for us. We do not take it for granted; and in addition to our appreciation, we are pledging a renewed commitment to you. 

It is in the spirit of the commitment that we have continued in our tradition of celebrating you - the very reason for our existence. It is that time of the year when we recognize and acknowledge notable individuals and moments in the course of the year. You have chosen the lot to be celebrated and we are proud to present to you the group of people and moments that have been selected by you.

Player of the year (Male) -  Sesan Adedeji

On the back of a Man of the Series performance at the Tri-Nations series against Uganda and Kenya in Entebbe followed by some gutsy shows in Kigali when many around him struggled to get going, 52.6% of our readers have selected Sesan Adedeji as the Player of the Year in the Male category.

Player of the year (Female) - Blessing Etim

A stalwart in her own rights and one of if not the longest-serving member of the Women’s National Team. A whopping 72% of you selected Blessing Etim as the Women’s Player Of The Year for 2021. 

Moment of the Year - Blessing Etim's 4-4-0-4 

Blessing has been there, done that. It is, however, safe to say that at least at the international level, she did that which had never been done before. Her bowling figures of 4-4-0-4 vs Cameroon at the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is undoubtedly the best cricketing moment of the year.

Administrator of the Year - Femi John

Mr. Femi John has been a livewire and one of the driving forces behind the University of Lagos Cricket Alumni Group. His organizational and planning skills as well as his continuous push for transparency and corporate governance have earned him rave reviews as well as appointments to standing committees by the NCF and The Lagos Cricket League as well as your votes.

Best Grassroots Development Program - Edo State

For the second successive year, Edo State’s Cricket Development Programme has been voted as the best in the country. They have continued to oil the conveyor belt and churn out exceptional talent with amazing results on and off the field. 

Team of the Year - Ekiti State (u17 Girls)

Ekiti is not one of the states that you would refer to as a traditional powerhouse as far as cricket is concerned. When the State’s u17 Girls team showed up to the regional championships in Ibadan, they were considered the underdogs. At the end of the competition, however, they had won many fans and demonstrated the value of sustained investment of resources and time. They narrowly edged out the Edo State Men’s Team as your Team Of The Year 

Fan's Fan of the Year - Seun Garuba

The (un)official Chairman of the Supporter Welfare Committee wins the Fan’s Fan Of The Year Award for the second time in a row. This year, Garuba’s role seems to have gone from simply being there for the Yellow Greens whenever and wherever they go into battle to now organizing and coordinating other supporters and making sure their experience is top-notch. 

Thank you so much, Seun

 

Special Recognition for Individual Contribution to Grassroots Cricket - Theophilus Ibodeme 

Over the last few years, Theophilus has steadily led the charge in Edo State. Selfless, dedicated, and highly demanding of both himself and the people who work with him. It is no surprise that 46% of voters have picked him.

 

Join us in congratulating these people for being exemplary ambassadors for our noble game; and for giving many of us moments like this to look forward to next year.


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    Muinat Alao

    January 1,2022 at 20:01:36

    What about the award of the first international female umpire?

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    Omotola

    January 1,2022 at 22:30:52

    Congratulations to all winners, well deserved. Nice one @themiddlestump.

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    Maryam

    January 2,2022 at 05:55:34

    Well deserved ??

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    Baines

    January 2,2022 at 06:40:41

    Congratulations ? to all

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    Dolapo Adejoke

    January 2,2022 at 06:47:52

    Congratulations to all winners!

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    Blessing Etim

    January 2,2022 at 19:32:08

    Congratulations to all the winners, God bless THEMIDDLESTUMP

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