Jonathan Afolabi wins SSE Airtricity/SWI Player of the Month

Aug 10, 2023 15:25 By Dave Hooper
Jonathan Afolabi wins SSE Airtricity/SWI Player of the Month
10 August 2023; Jonathan Afolabi of Bohemians with his SSE Airtricity / SWI Player of the Month award for July 2023 at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
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Jonathan Afolabi wins SSE Airtricity/SWI Player of the Month for July

Jonathan Afolabi of Bohemian FC has been named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for July.

The Bohemians striker has been voted the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Ireland Player of the Month for July. After a stellar month in which he hit five goals to keep the club in league and cup contention.

"I'm buzzing” smiled Afolabi. “It feels like more of a team achievement than my own. Everyone had a hand in it, the staff, the players, putting in a load of work to make sure the players and the team becomes better."


"The quality has been really good going forward, the players are starting to click” added Afolabi. “It's good to get on the end of those chances and it was good to stick a good few away."

The 23-year-old is enjoying a career best season in front of goal. Rapidly rising up the scoring charts as he spearheads the attack for Declan Devine's in-form team.

While, the Gypsies went unbeaten in July and Afolabi scored in all four of his appearances. Including hitting the late winner against Dundalk and the goal that knocked Dublin rivals Shelbourne out of the FAI Cup.


Great run of goals

The in-form centre forward also netted against Shels in the league and notched a brace to beat bottom side UCD.

Afolabi has 11 goals in all competitions has his sights set on the league's golden boot as Bohs look to maintain their push on the domestic front.


"The Rovers game, 2-2, is what started it” explained Afolabi of his goal run. It was a shot from out of the box, from instinct. That's what got it rolling so that's probably my best moment for me."

In a vote of SWI members, Afolabi emerged as a very popular choice amongst the six candidates. Emmanuel Adegboyega, who left Drogheda United for Norwich City last week, finished second. Bohemians' teenage sensation James McManus was third.


Afolabi's win marks the first time he has claimed the award, on his first nomination. Afolabi joined Bohemians a year ago after leaving Glasgow Celtic.

Before returning to Ireland, the ex-Ireland Under 21 star had various loan spells in Scotland with Dundee, Dunfermline, Ayr United and Airdrieonians.

Afolabi is the second Bohemians player to win the award this season, following on from Ali Coote's win in March.

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