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Ighalo, Musa, Martins, Iheanacho, Osimhen Up For Complete Sports Player Of The Year

Ighalo, Musa, Martins, Iheanacho, Osimhen Up For Complete Sports Player Of The Year

After posting consistently impressive performances throughout the year, and winning or getting nominated more than once in the Complete Sports Player of the Month honours, these five players profiled below have been nominated as Complete Sports Player of the Year for 2015.

To vote for your preferred player, please go to the Leave A Reply field below the profiles and write your preferred player's name. 


Voting is open until 8am on Monday, 4 January 2016.

Profiles presented by Nurudeen Obalola and James Agberebi:

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The Nominees:


Odion Ighalo has chosen 2015 to explode. While the Watford striker's talent was never in doubt even as a youngster, he has now stood up to be counted.

Everything Ighalo has touched in 2015 has turned into gold. He started scoring for Watford, who he joined from Granada, from 10 January and he continued until the club's last match of the year on 28 December. 

In that 12-month period his goals have led Watford from the second-tier Championship to the Premier League and instead of struggling with the step-up in class, Ighalo has thrived on the big stage.

In 2015 alone, Ighalo has scored 30 league goals in the two divisions – 16 in the Championship, 14 in the Premier League – making him the most prolific player in England's top four divisions. 

Ighalo has also become Watford's highest ever scorer in the EPL era and the first Watford player in history to score in six straight EPL matches.

Our football-savvy readers have also voted Ighalo Complete Sports Player of the Month a remarkable four times in 2015 and it is no surprise he is up for Player of the Year.


The year has been an eventful one for Ahmed Musa.

He has been made captain of the Super Eagles, taking over from Vincent Enyeama.

Musa has also emerged as one of CSKA Moscow and Russian top flight's best players.
For one who is not a centre forward,  Musa has scored an impressive amount of goals in 2015.

Hitting double figures for a wide forward is no mean feat, but Musa scored 14 goals in the year and has earned his place in the Complete Sports Player of the Year nominees shortlist. 

Musa was voted Complete Sports Player of the Month three times in 2015, and earned several nominations for his brilliant showings.


Despite being out for several weeks due to injury, Obafemi Martins was still Seattle Sounders' main man in the 2015 Major League Soccer season.

The former Inter Milan star has become a cult hero in Seattle as Sounders fans marvel at his consistently excellent displays.

Martins' partnership with USA forward Clint Dempsey was one of the most productive in the MLS and the two were among the biggest stars of the league in 2015.

Martins set up former Tottenham star Dempsey on many occasions, but the Nigerian also helped himself to a boatload of goals.

The ex-Newcastle star scored 17 goals in the season and one of them was voted goal of the season.

The year was also remarkable for Martins as he earned a recall to the Super Eagles after a long absence. 

He also won a return to our readers' hearts as he was voted Complete Sports Player of the Month in March


After much patience, Kelechi Iheanacho finally broke into the first team of Manchester City who are currently in the race for the Premier League title.

Iheanacho, who has spent the last seasons cutting his teeth with the reserve team, finally got his chance with the first team thanks to some stellar performances during pre-season.

And when given the chance to show what he can do on the big stage, Iheanacho has been able to repay the faith shown him by Manuel Pellegrini, netting two Premier League goals against Crystal Palace and Swansea.

Also in the Capital One Cup, the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup best player has played no small part in City's march to the semi-final, also scoring two goals and providing two assists.

And to cap a wonderful year, the youngster was nominated for the Golden Boy award, which was eventually won by Manchester United's Anthony Martial, and got his first senior international call-up to the Super Eagles.

Iheanacho impressed our readers during the year, earning several Complete Sports Player of the Month nominations. 


The next big thing to happen to Nigerian football, Victor Osimhen looks set to follow in the footsteps of star Nigerian footballers following a brilliant 2015.

Osimhen showed a glimpse of what to expect when he emerged the highest goal scorer with four goals at the CAF U-17 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic. The Golden Eaglets finished fourth.

Not to be deterred by their not too impressive performance in Niger, the Eaglets, led by Osimhen, went all the way to winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Osimhen became the first ever player to score in every single game up to the final and also emerged the tournament's top scorer with 10 goals.

And despite playing in just three games, Osimhen helped the U-23 Eagles win the CAF U-23 Cup of Nations for the first time, and also qualify for next year's Rio Olympics.

The youngster was voted Complete Sports Player of the Month after his superb U-17 World Cup showing.

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