independent League Bloggers Awards (LBA) has named eight nominees
for the January 2020 Player of the Month and Coach of the Month Awards
in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Sponsored by Logistics brand, OverXpress, the LBA was instituted in
2009 to celebrate outstanding players and coaches in the domestic league.
Abdullahi Biffo of Kwara United, Gbenga Ogunbote of Lobi Stars,
Stanley Eguma of Rivers United and Sulaimon Kabir Dogo of Sunshine
Stars make the shortlist for the Coach of the Month Award.
The Player of the Month category has Kwara United duo of goalkeeper
Abdullateef Ishola and Alao Danbani as well as Dakkadá’s Moses Effiong
and Kano Pillars’ Auwalu Ali.
It was a month in which the quartet of Ogunbote, Eguma, Dogo and Biffo
lost one each but claimed 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Interestingly, three coaches: Biffo, Ogunbote and Dogo won on the road
at Akwa United, Adamawa and Wikki Tourists, respectively.
Eguma was without a win on the road.
Dogo was unbeaten in his last five matches in the month under review,
while Biffo earned a four-match unbeaten run before losing his last
match at Adamawa.
addition, his side recorded clean sheets in four
consecutive matches, which included the 2-0 road trip win at Akwa
Ishola enters the record books as the first goalkeeper to be nominated
this term after earning clean sheets in three matches against Abia
Warriors, Katsina United and Sunshine Stars.
Danbani earned nomination like his goalkeeper, after scoring thrice at
Akwa United and Adamawa United, while Auwalu scored twice at Sunshine
and one at home against Warri Wolves to boost his chances.
Effiong’s hattrick against Adamawa United earned him a place in the prestigious list. The LBA will announce January winners on Wednesday, next week.