Sprint star Blessing Okagbare tops the list of 350 Nigerians billed to receive the 2013/14 Nigerian National Awards from President Goodluck Jonathan today in an award ceremony scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Okagbare who won two gold medals for Team Nigeria in Glasgow, Scotland will be conferred with national honour of MFR. She was the cynosure of all eyes in Glasgow, where she won the 100m with a time of 10.85, breaking the games record of 10.91 seconds set by Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie 12 years earlier at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
She also won the gold medal in the 200, with a time of 22.25 seconds. In doing so, she became the fourth woman to win the 100m and 200m double at the Commonwealth Games.
Also on the list is Ese Brume who also clinched a long jump gold medal.
Other athletes who were part of Team Nigeria’s victory at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to be given national awards are Aminat Adeniyi, Abdulazeez Ibrahim, Loveline Obiji, Maryam Usman, Oduayo Adekuoroye, Oluwatoyin Adesanmi and Paul Kehinde.
In the field of soccer, Flying Eagles coach, Garba Manu will be conferred with national honours of OON for guiding Nigeria U-17 men team, Golden Eaglets, to lift FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy for the record four times in UAE.
The list also has Flying Eagles assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade, Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amunike and his assistant, Emeka Amadi. They will bag MFR honour awards respectively, while members of the victorious Golden Eaglets players and backroom team staff will get the national honour awards of MON.
In female soccer, a member of the National U-20 women’s team, Falconets, to the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, Asisat Oshoala, will also be conferred with the MON honour. The midfielder emerged as the highest goals scorer and Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the FIFA championship in Canada.