By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The entire members of Arewa Sports Personality Award Association (ASPAA) have congratulated His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led administration and all 28 awardees for a successful hosting of the Arewa Sports Personality Award Association (ASPAA) in 2019 in Kano State.
This was contained in a statement signed by Abdulazeez Ibrahim on behalf of For ASPAA, made available on Wednesday January 8, 2019.
The second edition of the most prestigious sports award in Northern Nigeria, held on Monday 30th December 2019 at Bristol Palace Hotel Kano.
Among dignitaries that graced the event were the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, His Royal Highness Mai of Bade in Yobe State, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman, representative of the Governor of Kebbi State, sports stakeholders from across Northern Nigeria, as well as representatives of several National Sports Federations.
The association under the leadership of the Chairperson of ASPAA, who is also the Chairperson Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON), Hajiya Sa’a Ibrahim said it will always be grateful to the sports-loving Governor of Kano State Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his support.
“We use this medium to announce that recipients of ASPAA 2018 and 2019 are our Ambassadors in their various states in Northern Nigeria.
“These individuals can speak for us wherever they are and we will continue to work with them to actualize our vision, which is to be the recognized body for promoting outstanding achievements in sports by individuals from Arewa region of our dear country,” it stated.
According to the statement, ASPAA 2019 Non-voting Award Recipients are;
SPORTS-LOVING GOVERNOR OF THE YEARHis Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDHis Royal Highness, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman
Chairman Dala Hardcourt Championship, Alhaji Bashari Gumel
AWARD FOR SUPPORT OF GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS IN NORTHERN NIGERIAHis Excellency, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Executive Governor of Kebbi state
His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak Executive Governor of Kwara state
Chairperson AHIP Basketball club, Hajiya Mairo Bello Garko
Member Kano Turf (Sukuwa-Horse riding) Club, Alhaji Kamal Maiturare
AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AS A SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation Mallam Shehu Dikko
General Secretary, Nigeria Football Federation Dr. Muhammad Sanusi
Chairman, Zamfara state F.A. Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau
Chairman, Borno state F.A. Alhaji Babagana Kalli Kachala
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTING TO DEVELOPMENT OF FOOTBALL AND HUMANITARIAN ENDEAVOURS
Organizers of AHLAN Preseason Tournament
It disclosed that the ASPA 2019 Voting Award Recipients are;
SPORTS MAN OF THE YEAR – Super Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa
SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – NWBL Most Valuable Player, Murjanatu Musa
SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR – Chairman Kano F.A, Alahji Sharif Inuwa
COACH OF THE YEAR – Kano Pillars F.C Coach Ibrahim Musa
TRADITIONAL SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Garkuwan Cindo
POLO PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Idris Badamasi
BALL SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Barewa Rugby Club player, Nuhu Ibrahim
NPFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Nasarawa United player, Ibrahim Sunusi
NWPFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Confluence Queens player, Hauwa Abdullahi
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Nasarawa United player, Ibrahim Sunusi
RACKET SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Tennis player, Shehu Lawal
PARA SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – Plateau Parasoccer Player , Tony Tabais
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (TV) – Niger State TV, Alhassan Kutigi SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (RADIO) – Vision FM, Ismail Tangalashi
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (PRINT) – Nigerian Pilot, Umar Sai’d
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (ONLINE) – Futball Oven, Jesse O. Yacham
In a related development, ASPAA informed that will continue with a Deaf Football Novelty Match to take place at Tudun Malki Special School in Kano next week.
“Bidding by states interested in hosting this year’s edition has commenced and the announcement of the selected host state will be made public in April.
“We commend all those that contributed in one way or the other to the success of this year’s ASPA and we urge you to sustain the tempo as we prepare for ASPA 2020,” it concluded.