Mikel, Moses, Iheanacho, Iwobi, Egbuchulam Up For Complete Sports Player Of 2016

Completesportsnigeria.com presents the five outstanding Nigerian players of 2016, compiled from your votes in our Complete Sports Player of the Month polls in the year under review.
The player with the most votes will be crowned the Complete Sports Player of the Year for 2016 to succeed Odion Ighalo, who won the prestigious award in 2015.
To vote, please go to the ‘Leave A Reply’ field below the profiles and write the name of your preferred player.

Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 12 January, 2017.

Profiles written by James Agberebi:

MIKEL JOHN OBI (CHELSEA)

Tipped to depart Chelsea in the January transfer window after being overlooked by Antonio Conte for selection, 2016 could still be described as a success for Mikel Obi especially with Nigeria national teams.

After a poor 2015/2016 English Premier League season with Chelsea, Mikel joined up with Nigeria U-23 Eagles for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where he was also skipper.

Mikel was one of the U-23 Eagles’ outstanding players as he scored one goal (2-0 quarter-final win against Denmark) and provided four assists (one against Denmark and three in Nigeria’s 3-2 win against Honduras in the bronze medal match).

And with the Super Eagles, Mikel has been instrumental in their charge in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, leading the team to two wins against Zambia (2-1) and Algeria (3-1). He scored the Eagles’ second goal against Algeria.

Mikel also won Complete Sports Player of the Month award in February and August 2016.

VICTOR MOSES (CHELSEA)

Victor Moses could be described as one of the success stories of 2016 for Nigerian players.

Since breaking into Chelsea’s first team in the start of the current campaign in 2016 after going on loan to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham, Moses has become one of Antonio Conte’s reliables.

After 18 EPL appearances, playing from an unfamiliar right-wing back position, Moses has scored three goals.

He bagged Man-of-the-Match awards in Chelsea wins against Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City and Middlesbrough.

Aside from his Man-of-the-Match awards, Moses also won the PFA Fans’ EPL Player of the Month award for November, beating the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

And for the national team, Moses grabbed a brace in the Super Eagles 3-1 win against Algeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Moses rounded off 2016 on a high by winning Complete Sports Player of the Month back-to-back in October and November.

ALEX IWOBI (ARSENAL)

The year 2016 has been a remarkable year for 20-year-old Alex Iwobi and it is evident the exciting youngster has come to stay.

Ever since Iwobi made his first start for Arsenal against Barcelona in March in the second round of the UEFA Champions League, he has not looked back as he has continued to grow from strength to strength.

After making 28 appearances for Arsenal in 2016 in the English Premier League, Iwobi has scored four goals.

He was voted Man-of-the-Match in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Chelsea in September and was also nominated for the 2016 Golden Boy award for the best Under-23 players in Europe.

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Iwobi got Nigeria off to the best of starts as he scored in the Super Eagles 2-1 away win against Zambia in Ndola.

And in March and September 2016, Iwobi was voted Complete Sports Player of the Month by our readers.

KELECHI IHEANACHO (MANCHESTER CITY)

It has surely been an eventful 2016 for Kelechi Iheanacho.

Among Iheanacho’s standout performances in 2016 included his first career hat-trick in January against Aston Villa in the fourth round of the FA Cup, also setting up City’s fourth goal, scored by Raheem Sterling.

In February, he was an unused substitute for Manchester City who defeated Liverpool on penalties in the final of the League Cup.

In April Iheanacho bagged a brace in a 4-0 win against Stoke and also won the Man-of-the-Match award.

And to cap a wonderful 2016, Iwobi was nominated for the 2016 Golden Boy award and has the best minutes-per-goal ratio of any striker in Premier League history.

For the Super Eagles, he netted a stunning goal in a 1-0 win against Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and also scored in the Eagles 2-1 away win against Zambia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

For the Complete Sports Player of the Month award, Iheanacho was voted as the best in February and April for his outstanding displays in 2016.

CHISOM EGBUCHULAM (ENUGU RANGERS)

Relatively unknown at the start of the year, 2016 will go down as one of the memorable years for Chisom Egbuchulam.

The striker was part of the history-making Enugu Rangers side who were crowned Nigeria Professional Football League champions for the first time in over 30 years.

Egbuchulam contributed immensely in the feat as he scored 18 league goals to help Rangers end their long wait for the title.

His 18 league goals earned him the highest goal scorer award in the Nigerian Premier League last season and he was named Footballer of the Year at the Nigerian Sports Awards.

Egbuchulam’s impressive performance for Rangers did not go unnoticed as he was invited to the Super Eagles camp ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola.

Egbuchulam alongside Godwin Obaje were called up as replacements for Victor Moses and Isaac Success.

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100 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Charles Gado

    Mikel Obi

  2. Reply Post By Chiamaka Ogbu

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM.

  3. Reply Post By Darlington onyekwelu

    Chisom egbuchulam

  4. Reply Post By Ajibade R. Adebayo

    MIKEL JOHN OBI (CHELSEA)

  5. Reply Post By Lilian Uzozie

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  6. Reply Post By Obidike chrys junior

    Egbuchulam Chisom

  7. Reply Post By onyia chukwuebuka

    Chisom egbuchulam

  8. Reply Post By Obidike chrys junior

    Egbuchulam Chisom

  9. Reply Post By Michelle chioma

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  10. Reply Post By Azeez Wasiu

    My vote goes to MIKEL OBI because he the one that won a medal even though he was not playing at Chelsea at least he did his best for Nigeria.

  11. CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  12. Reply Post By Nnamdi igbokwe

    Chisom egbuchulam

  13. Reply Post By Ogb Noni Samuel

    Chisom eghuchulam

  14. Reply Post By Emmanuel Amiyenkumo

    Chisom

  15. Reply Post By John Kennedy

    CHISOM. EGBUCHULAM

  16. Reply Post By Joel ikpeba

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  17. Reply Post By chidi Attah

    Chisom egbuchulam

  18. Reply Post By Bright Anthony Chibuzor

    Chisom egbuchulam (Eungu Rangers)

  19. Reply Post By Kpakor Philip Torshima

    Chisom Ebuchulam

  20. Reply Post By Kpakor Philip Torshima

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  21. Reply Post By EGUAVON CHARLES

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM 

  22. Reply Post By John Kennedy

    Chisom egbuchulam (Eungu Rangers)

  23. Reply Post By Obu Chukandi

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  24. Reply Post By Eguavon charles

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  25. Reply Post By Chibuike Okoroafor

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  26. Reply Post By John Kennedy

    chisom Egbuchulam

  27. Reply Post By John Kennedy

    Mikel Obi

  28. Reply Post By Jay wise emeka

    chisom egbuchulam

  29. Reply Post By John Kennedy

    Victor Moses

  30. Reply Post By Obunna Cúnha Elvis

    Chisom Egbuchulam (Enugu Rangers)

  31. Reply Post By promise Ebuka

    Chisom

  32. Reply Post By Chrismicheal xanders

    Chisom egbuchilam

  33. Reply Post By BASHIRU SANI

    JOHN OBI MIKEL

  34. Chisom Egbuchulam(Enugu Rangers)

  35. My player of the year vote goes to Mikel Obi. This is because he did enough for Nigeria in the year in question. It is for same reason that Conte frozed him out of Chelsea and not his form. He has changed to be a regular in national team
    call ups not minding the cost.

  36. Reply Post By OLUGBODI YUSUF

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  37. Reply Post By Ijioma ikechukwu

    Chisom

  38. Reply Post By nweke jerkingson prime ebuka

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  39. Reply Post By jerkingson prime ebuka

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  40. Reply Post By jerkingson

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  41. Reply Post By Ody Young

    Chisom Egbuchulam. Enugu Rangers.

  42. Reply Post By moris enete

    Chisom egbuchulam

  43. Reply Post By Melissa Simon

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  44. Victor Moses should be the CS player of the year 2016. Although Egbuchulam Chisom achieved the unbelievable with Rangers, he was relatively unknown by majority of the footballing fans who are more interested in the foreign leagues especially the EPL. The whole world know Moses but how many people know Chisom apart from those press guys in TV, radio, newspapers in Nigeria and few outside the press men. Victor Moses, Mikel Obi, Chisom Egbuchulam in that order.

  45. My vote is for Chisom Egbuchulam. He was outstanding last season.

  46. Reply Post By Melissa Simon

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  47. Reply Post By zacchaeus peter onimisi

    mikel for his contribution in the olympics and the 2018 world cup qualification matches. He is a great leader

  48. Reply Post By Omeokwe ebuka(Kelvin Bryan)

    The man for the award, is my mentor Chisom egbuchulam, aka GERMan, I know him from day1, and I have also played with him at Enugu, during grassroots, when he was stil at kputu, obiagu Enugu, he is a good player., so energetic, humble and calm…I vote Chisom for the award

  49. Kelechi iheanacho

  50. Reply Post By niceman chibuke

    john mikel obi

  51. Reply Post By Chukwuebuka Ogbonna

    I vote CHISOM EGBUCHULAM. Up NPFL.

  52. Reply Post By Chukwuebuka Ogbonna

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  53. Reply Post By Ezekute Daniel Chukwudozie

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  54. Reply Post By Beverly

    Christmas Egbuchulam

  55. Reply Post By Beverly

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  56. Reply Post By Chijioke Ezeoke

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  57. Reply Post By Victor ibiwoye

    Captain of captains mikel. See the transformation at super eagles at his assumption of office and you will see leadership at play. He is paying huge sacrifice at club level. MIKEL JON OBI

  58. Victor Moses, the best of all Nigerian players in 2016' tiredless with good vision, skillful ,a player with undefined strenght,  V [email protected] i vote you positively. 

  59. Chisom Egbuchulam

  60. Reply Post By Fasehun Olashubomi

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  61. Reply Post By Adaenyi victor Agali

    Egbuchulam chisom

  62. Reply Post By Fasehun Olashubomi

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM all the way

  63. Reply Post By Chisom Egbuchulam ( Rangers FC )

    Nice Guy

  64. Reply Post By ugwueye Chinedu

    Chisom egbuchulam

  65. Reply Post By Akah Henry

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  66. Reply Post By Akah Henry

    Chisom Egbuchulam
    (Enugu rangers)

  67. Reply Post By Agu Chidubem Penchichi

    Talking about the best, you should be talking about CHISOM EGBUCHULAM
    He is the BEST

  68. Chisom Egbuchulam…

  69. Reply Post By Kanu C.E. Gbauz

    Chisom Egbuchula

  70. Reply Post By Chris Nnamdi

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  71. Reply Post By Asogwa Ejike

    Chisom egbuchulam

  72. Reply Post By Michelle chinazo umeh

    CHISOM EGBUCHULAM

  73. Reply Post By Jane Akudo

    EGBUCHULAM CHISOM

  74. Reply Post By Akudo Jane

    Egbuchulam chisom

  75. Reply Post By Kosi justin

    Chisom Egbuchulam (Rangers Enugu)

  76. Reply Post By princleyuche Kenneth

    (CE11) Chisom Egbuchulam

  77. Reply Post By Ikem Anyianuka

    Chisom Egbuchalam

  78. Reply Post By Pst. Igweokolo A.E

    I vote Egbuchulam Chisom for so many reasons. He is younger, still have many more playing years, untaped product, unadulterated, so real playing with his real Age. have you watched his speed, skills and shooting ability? consider the next two seasons. watch him out.

  79. Egbuchulam Chisom

  80. Reply Post By Obiajulu

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  81. Reply Post By abiodun idowu

    mikel obi

  82. I vote for egbuchulam chisom. Bcos he gat the playing power as a shooter. And also bcos he is my blood. 100% chisom.

  83. I vote for egbuchulam chisom bcos he got strenght as a shooter And he is a very young lad . also bcos he my blood. 100% chisom.

  84. john obi mikel

  85. Reply Post By Tk Collins

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  86. Reply Post By Kosi justin

    Chisom Egbuchulam

  87. Mikel John Obi

  88. Chisom Egbuchulam

  89. Chisom Egbuchulam

  90. Reply Post By ikepro ekwueme

    The award should be given to chisom egbuchulam, he is outstanding in NPL last year. And he is the only one with league title among the five in that year.

  91. Reply Post By shittu A.K

    I pick Victor Moses for his brilliant perfomance in chealsea and super Eagle in 2016

  92. Chisom Egbuchulam

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