NIGERIA PITCH AWARDS ROLL OUT 2018 NOMINEES

NIGERIA PITCH AWARDS ROLL OUT 2018 NOMINEES

Super Eagles and Super Falcons stars topped the list as Match Makers Consults and its auditing partners, SIAO rolled out 60 possible winners in 20 categories of the sixth edition of the annual awards.

The unveiling was done on Thursday by the organisers at a press conference at Ibis Hotel in Lagos.

Top on the contenders’ list for the main title is the Super Eagles’ lead striker, Odion Ighalo who is expected to have stiff challenge from the duo of English Premiership stars Alex Iwobi of Arsenal, Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City and Ahmed Musa who previously played for Leicester City before moving o Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

The trio will slug it out for the lead prize, The King of the Pitch 2018/2019. Ighalo, the top scorer in the qualifying event for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and Ahmed Musa, Nigeria’s all-time top scorer at the World Cup are also in contention for the Striker of the Year Award along with Junior Lokosa who was previously with Kano Pillars before moving to Tunisia.

Lokosa is also in contention for the Most Valuable Player (MVP Award in the Nigeria Professional Football League. He will have to outpoll Godwin Aguda of Enugu Rangers and Mfom Udoh who played for Enyimba before moving to Akwa United.

The ladies’ category feature the usual suspects – Asisat Oshoala who moved from China’s Dalian Quanjian to Bacelona; Francisca Ordega previously with Atletic Madrid and Rasheedat Ajibada. The trio are nominated for the Queen of the Pitch Award.

The sixth edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards is seeing the introduction of the online edition of the Football Journalist of the Year Award. The nominees are: Tobi Adepoju of www.naijafootballplus.com, Kunle Solaja of the www.sportsvillagesquare.com and Samuel Ahamadu of www.goal.com

The full nominations run thus:

Goalkeeper of the Year 2018/19

Name Club
Ikechukwu Ezenwa Enyimba International FC/Katsina United
Theophilus Afelokhai Enyimba International F.C.
Francis O Uzoho Deportivo La Coruna/Anorthosis Famagusta

Defender of the Year 2018/19

Name Club
Leon Balogun Brighton & Hove Albion FC
William Troost-Ekong Udinese Calcio FC
Kenneth Omeruo Leganés FC

Midfielder of the Year 2018/19

Name Club
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City FC
Alex Iwobi Arsenal FC
Oghenekaro Etebo Stoke City FC

Striker of the Year 2018/19

Name Club
Junior Lokosa Kano Pillars
Odion Ighalo Changchun Yatai/Shanghai Shenhua
Ahmed Musa Leicester City FC/Al-Nassr

MVP in NPFL 2018/19

Name Club
Godwin Aguda Enugu Rangers
Junior Lokosa Kano Pillars
Mfom Udoh Enyimba F.C/ Akwa United

MVP in the NWFL 2018/19

Name Club
Anam Imo Nasarawa Amazons
Evelyn Nwabuoku Rivers Angels
Rasheedat Ajibade FC Robo

Queen of the Pitch 2018/19

Name Club
Asisat Oshoala Dalian Quanjian/Barcelona W
Francisca Ordega Atlético Madrid W/Shanghai shengli
Rasheedat Ajibade FC Robo/Avaldsnes IL

King of the Pitch 2018/19

Name Club
Odion Ighalo Changchun Yatai/ Shanghai Shenhua
Ahmed Musa Leicester City FC/Al-Nassr
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City FC

Coach of the Year 2018/19

Name Club
Thomas Dennerby Super Falcons
Gbenga Ogunbote Enugu Rangers
Solomon Ogbeide Lobi Stars

Club of the Year 2018/19

Name State
Akwa United Akwa Ibom
Enugu Rangers Enugu
Lobi Stars Kogi

National Team of the Year 2018/19

Name Level
Super Sand Eagles Men/Senior
Super Falcons Women/Senior
Super Eagles Men/Senior

Referee of the Year 2018/19

Name
Ogabor Joseph Odey
Adebimpe Quadri
Ferdinand Udoh

Sam Okwaraji Awards 2018/19

Name Position
Kunle Somane Chairman, BET9JA
Amaju Pinnick President, NFF
Seyi Akinwunmi 1st Vice President, NFF

State with the Best Grassroots Football Development Programme 2018/19

Name
Delta State
Rivers State
Lagos State

Football Friendly Governor of the Year 2018/19

Name State
HE Udom Emmanuel Akwa Ibom
HE Nyesom Wike Rivers
HE Ifeanyi Okowa Delta

Football Journalist of the Year (Print) 2018/19

Name Newspaper
Tunde Liadi The Nation
Johnny Edwards Complete Sport
Tana Aiyejina Punch

Football Journalist of the Year (Radio) 2018/19

Name Radio Station
George Iniabasi Essien Comfort 95.1 FM
Tony Bekederemo Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM
Olawale Adigun Top Radio 90.9FM

Football Journalist of the Year (TV) 2018/19

Name Radio Station
Cecilia Omoregbe Channels TV
Mozez Praiz Supersport
Austin 0kon-Akpan Channels TV

Football Journalist of the Year (Online) 2018/19

Name Online Medium
Tobi Adepoju naijafootballplus.com
Kunle Solaja sportsvillagesquare.com
Samuel Ahmadu Goal.com

Corporate Sponsor of Football 2018/19

Name
Coca Cola
AITEO Group
Nigerian Breweries plc

Shina Philips, President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, expressed the gratitude of the organizers and award partners to all sport journalists, the Nigeria Football Federation and SIAO Partners for their support for the awards since 2013.

Mr. Philips stated that organizers were working on a plan to overhaul the organization specifically with a view to reducing the number of categories. ‘We are planning a major reorganization with respect to the number of categories we have. By next edition, we will certainly have fewer categories. We believe this will make it easier for our voters to complete their votes,’ Philips said.

Nneka Eneli, Head of Corporate Services who represented Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the Managing Partner of SIAO Partners said the shortlist of potential winners was drawn from the votes cast by sport journalists across the country between February and March 2019.

Voting for the 6th edition of the awards took place between 1st February and 1st March 2019.  We assure all voters of the Nigeria Pitch Awards that their votes have been adequately captured and the results you will get today are the wishes of all who voted. Let me stress again that the entire process was professionally handled by our team of accountants and auditors without any form of interference from the organizers or sponsors.’ Eneli said.

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