Iñaki Williams wins the LALIGA EA SPORTS AFRICAN MVP AWARD

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Sandton, South Africa — May 20, 2024 

The LALIGA EA SPORTS African MVP, an esteemed accolade dedicated to recognizing exceptional talent in LALIGA, proudly announces Iñaki Williams as the best African player in the league after a stellar season that has seen him score 12 goals.

After a rigorous voting process, the Ghanaian international and Athletic Club forward emerged as the triumphant winner, capturing the hearts of fans and the admiration of the adjudicating jury.

With an impressive tally of 46 points, representing 24% of the votes, Williams showcased unparalleled skill and dedication throughout the season. Moroccan international Brahim Diaz from Real Madrid, who secured second position with 37 points, closely followed by his countryman Youssef En-Nesyri of Sevilla FC with 30 points.

The voting process, meticulously conducted by a jury comprising African journalists from 31 countries alongside fan votes, awarded points to each player based on their performance. One point was allocated for the third-best player, two points for the second-best player, and three points for the best player.

In cases of a tie, the player with more selections as the best player clinched victory.

After receiving the trophy from Athletic Club’s legend Andoni Goikoetxea, Iñaki Williams remarked, ‘Thank you very much for the acknowledgment. It is an honor to represent all African players in LaLiga. My roots in Ghana are as deep as my love for Bilbao and Athletic Club. I hope to be in contention for this same award next season.’

This edition of the LALIGA EA SPORTS African MVP witnessed one of the most tightly contested runs in recent memory. Notable mentions include Hamari Traore – Real Sociedad with 26 points, Bertrand Traore – Villarreal CF with 21 points, and Jonathan Bamba – RC Celta with 16 points.

The essence of the LALIGA EA SPORTS African MVP lies in the celebration of talent, as showcased by the deserving recipients of previous seasons. From Yassine Bounou of Sevilla FC to Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal CF, each winner epitomizes the skill, dedication, and impact of African players within LALIGA.

About LALIGA:

LALIGA is the largest football ecosystem in the world. It is a private sports association, made up of 20 football clubs/SADs in LALIGA EA SPORTS and 22 in LALIGA HYPERMOTION, and is responsible for the organization of professional and national football competitions.

It has over 200 million followers on social networks globally, across 16 platforms and in 20 different languages; and has the most extensive international network of any sports property, through which it is present in 41 countries and 11 offices, with headquarters in Madrid (Spain).

The association is socially active through its Foundation and is the first professional football league in the world with a competition for players with intellectual disabilities: LALIGA GENUINE.

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Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Baboucarr Fallaboweh Sports Editor (Buba Jallow Fallaboweh) is a Gambian football expert, football analyst & columnist. The Stockholm-based Journalist is a media officer, football Scout, PR, Influencer and Digital creator. I started my journalism career as a football analyst in 2012 with Vibes FM and went on to work with CityLimit, West Coast, Hot FM, Freedom Radio, Eye Africa and Afri Radio as a content producer and presenter. In 2013, I attended Football Daily on the BBC SPORTS where we discussed the different styles of Football played in Africa. I Went on to freelance for The Point Newspaper, Freedom Newspaper, Daily Observer and Standard Newspaper before being appointed as Sports Editor with the Alkamba Times in March 2022.  I have worked for Magazines like Glo Magazine and Foot54 covering Gambian football and African Football.   Between 2020 -2021 I worked as a scout for the Gambia Football Federation, scouting talents for the U17 &U20.  From 2017 to 2021, I served as Media officer for GFF First division teams Team Rhino and Marimoo and also as media Officer of Banjul FC, fourth Division tier in Sweden and Darboe’s FC (Female second division club in the Gambia). I served as a PR for Superstars Academy.   With Afrencon, I was a data analyst before I joined LightHouse as a head scout for the Gambia project. In organizational structures, I served as the ambassador of the John Bass Kidney Foundation and one of the founders of the foundation creating kidney awareness in the Gambia.   I also served two positions in the Gambian organization in Sweden, as Sports chairman and the secretary of the associations.   After 12 years of being a football journalist, I was named 3rd best sports column writer in Africa year 2021 by the reputable sports media organization AIPS. I finished in the top 35 in the world with my article titled Back way: Gambian footballers in deadly Voyage to Europe.   With over 500 articles and interviews, analysis, profiling, features and news, I was shortlisted for the Gambia Press Union National Journalist Award 2022. I submitted the article which was co-written alongside Momodou Bah From Living Through Despair to Being An Agent Of Hope, The Inspiring Story Of John Bass.   I have served as an advisers to Football academies, clubs, and players and others. I have hosted dozens of shows and was invited as a guest on both radio, TV and the online press. I also covered the Gambia's maiden AFCON debut in 2021 in Cameroon.  

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