TCCCUP23 END OF SEASON
Player of the Season
Bilyaminu Abdullahi (Imperial) – Winner
The midfielder was a regular feature for Imperial as they finished in third place – one better than the fourth spot league finish they achieved last season. With 11 goals scored in 16 TCC League appearances, Bilyaminu finished the season as the joint-top scorer in the league.
But he wasn’t only all about the goals this season. One of the cornerstones in Coach Ayeoba’s set up this season, the midfielder also recorded seven assists, putting three shy of the top of the assists chart for the season.
The numbers point to two facts: It was Bilyaminu’s best outing in the league. Scoring three more than he did last season, the midfielder once again proved that he isn’t a one-season wonder, something that’d be good news to the ears of Imperial fans.
Onyebuchi Obasi (Beyond Limits)
With a lethal right foot that banged in goals – 10 of them – and also provided assists for his teammates, Onyebuchi Obasi was one of the brightest shining lights of the just-concluded TCC campaign.
Contributing to 18 of the 46 goals his side scored this campaign – 11 goals, 7 assists, Obasi also recorded the most successful dribbles this campaign, going past opponents a record 42 times. An ever-present feature in Coach Olumide’s league title defense, he was an epitome of a deadly tripartite: pace, power and a necessary prod that his team thrived upon at other times.
Aputaziem Favour (Beyond Limits)
The Beyond Limits goalie was one of the other reasons why Coach Olumide was able to defend the TCC League title. While the attackers were getting the goals up front, Favour was keeping the opponents at bay.
In all of his appearances throughout the season, the goalkeeper was excellent and kept seven clean sheets this season.
Adeleke Bamidele (Iganmu Tigers)
When you convert one in every four chances you get as a midfielder, then you earn the right to be mentioned among the best at the end of the season. That’s the story of how well Adeleke fared in a league season that saw him have a hand in a third of the Tigers’ goals this campaign.
With seven goals and two assists, Adeleke was the highest-scoring Iganmu Tigers player. With his side finishing in seventh, he’s arguably one of the highlights of a campaign that they’d want to put behind them as soon as possible.
What do you say about a defender that had a 100% dribble success rate and recorded an 86% pass accuracy in the 2022/2023 TCC League season?
Stanley Joseph was by far one of the best defenders to grace the league this season. Not only was he responsible for stopping the fusillade of attacking threats, he also got a goal for all of his hard work. Want to know something else about him? The champions only played one league game without him in the line-up. That’s how important he was to the squad.
Coach of the Season
Olumide Ajibolade (Beyond Limits) – Winner
Winning a league title three times in a row is not a feat most can boast about. In any sport, the list is short; in football, the circle is even smaller, of which Coach Olumide Ajibolade is one of them.
The gaffer led Beyond Limits to yet another league title triumph, with his team outscoring 8 of the 10 sides in the campaign. With 7 clean sheets and just two losses in 18 games, Coach Olumide proved, once again, that he’s one of the best managers in the land.
Adedeji Ayeoba (Imperial)
Coach Ayeoba led his Imperial side to an impressive third-place finish, the best they’ve managed in their TCC history. The 10 wins they managed this season was also the most they’ve racked up in the league – two more than they achieved last season.
It was equally their most prolific season in front of goal as they scored 49 goals – the best in the league. Although they failed to keep a clean sheet, Coach Ayeoba has shown what is possible. They will be hoping to make their fourth TCC League season the one in which they win the league title
Fatai Akande (Dannaz)
Suffering only four losses in the campaign, Dannaz showed great signs of improvement under Coach Akande. For comparison sake, Dannaz lost 10 games in the 2021/2022 TCC League season.
Finishing in fourth (one better than fifth from last season), Coach Fatai’s side were an interesting side to watch this season as they became a team that took its chances when it mattered.