The 27-year-old, who was born to South Sudanese parents in a Kenyan refugee camp and moved to Australia at the age of 10, said he was honoured just to be nominated for the award.
Athletics sensations Eliud Kipchoge who has previously won it in 2017,2018 and 2019 and Ferdinand Omanyala who won in 2021 headline the Sportsman of the Year category
It also turned out to be that day that Julius Njogu executed a plot he had hatched, to cheat his way into the money bracket in the blue ribband 42.195km race.
The 37-year-old Portuguese will lead the team made up of players from Saudi sides Al Hilal and Al Nassr against Messi's PSG in what will be the latest chapter of the celebrated global soccer rivalry.
Every 45 minutes the two would swap places and, while one ran, the other would precede him on his bike and then be found at the next step to resume the race in his brother's place.
“There will be a mixture of financial and sporting measures in addition to these immediate sanctions that would come into force in the next one to two weeks,” Football Australia CEO JamesJohnson said.