Footballer awarded live CHICKEN as bizarre Man of the Match awards reach new extremes

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A FOOTBALL star from Malawi picked up an unusual award for his starring performance on the weekend: a live chicken.

Having bagged two goals for Premier Division side Nyasa Big Bullets, Hassan Kajoke was handed the hen by a fan.

Footballer awarded live CHICKEN as bizarre Man of the Match awards reach new extremes7 Kajoke, sadly, doesn't play on the wing

What's more, the eager supporter even spray painted the team's colours onto the chicken.

The fan had asked permission to present the award on the pitch and brought it on in a cardboard box decorated with Kajoke's name.

And the player appeared taken aback as he accepted the honour following Big Bullets' 5-0 win over Karonga United.

African football is credited with going a different way to the standard, boring Man of the Match awards seen in the Premier League.

Champagne bottles and golden trinkets have been swapped for prizes such as beer, sandals, and even phone data.

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That said, in 2016/17 the Premier League was lambasted for its award.

A simple yellow brick with the words 'Man of the Match' written underneath the division's logo was compared to a traffic cone and highlighter pen.

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Plenty of other football leagues have weird trophies.

The Australian A League gong has been likened to a giant earring while the Russian Premier League trophy is a glass vase that wouldn't look out of place in your nan's living room.

But none compare to the American football rivalry between Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers, the college teams fighting for the Paul Bunyan Axe Trophy – which is just a massive axe.

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Footballer awarded live CHICKEN as bizarre Man of the Match awards reach new extremes7 The glass vase won by Russia's best teamCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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