Former Super Eagles left back Taye Taiwo has been named Veikkausliiga Player of the Month of May 2016 after a sterling individual performance for HJK Helsinki, the club’s official websites informs.

Taiwo who has scored four goals in 12 league appearances this season in the Finnish league beat off competition from fellow Nigerians; Nnamdi Oduamadi and Gbolahan Salami as well as teammates Alfredo Avilez and Atomu Aanaka.

Taiwo’s coach, Mika Lehkosuo, won the Coach of the Month award. The Finnish coach led his side to four wins and a draw in their last five games.

Taiwo who turned down an offer from a top Ukranian top club and a Division One side in Turkey before settling for HJK Helsinki was duly named in the Team of the Week.

The former Nigeria international will be presented his award, alongside his coach, on June 12 before a league game between HJK Helsinki and RoPS.