Liberian forward Sylvanus Nimely has won his first prestigious award in Europe after being named the best foreign player of the 2017-18 Russian First Division.
The 20-year-old winger scored eight goals and provided four assists to help Spartak Moscow II to a 14th place finish in the league table. Nimely also made a single league appearance for Spartak’s senior team.
The former Monrovia Club Breweries attacker was excited for the award. He took to his Instagram page to express his joy on receiving it.
“I am extremely honored and thrilled to receive such an important award,” he wrote. “I have faced already several challenges in my young life, but each one of them has only strengthened me and given me the power and belief to make me the person I am today.”
He thanked his agent, his elder brother Alex Nimely, his family, and fans that have helped him along the road to his recent success.
Nimely said the award has motivated him to work harder to achieve more: “Now I am even more energized and will work harder and harder every day with the promise that there are more to follow.”
Nimely joined Spartak Moscow in 2016 and has since been playing with the feeder team that plays in the Russian First Division. In search of more playing time, Nimely opted to move to the Spartak Moscow II in the Russian second tier.
Featured photo courtesy of Spartak Moscow II