The usual suspects, Vincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi and Carl Ikeme among others have been shortlisted in their respective categories for the Nigeria Pitch Award which enters its fifth edition.
The awards jointly organized by Matchmakers Consult International and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), is slated to hold in Uyo at the weekend of Nigeria versus South Africa match for the qualification for 2019 Africa Cup of Nation.
The nomination was through voting process and was coordinated by SIAP Partners Limited. According to a press release by SIAO, voting was done by Nigerian sport editors across the 36 states of the federation between the 5th and 23rd April 2017 on Nigeria Pitch Awards website.
The votes were collated and verified by a team of auditors from which the names of top three nominees in each category.
The nominees in no particular order are:
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
John Mikel Obi
STRIKER OF THE YEAR
MVP (MEN) IN THE NPFL
MVP (WOMEN) IN THE NWPL
QUEEN OF THE PITCH
KING OF THE PITCH
John Obi Mikel
SAM OKWARAJI AWARD
Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah
John Mikel Obi
CLUB/TEAM OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
STATE WITH THE BEST GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
FOOTBALL FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR
Nyesom Wike – Rivers State
Udom Emmanuel- Akwa Ibom State
Akinwunmi Ambode – Lagos State
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – RADIO
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – PRINT
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – TV