The organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced that the Super Eagles trio of Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo and Wilfred Ndidi have been shortlisted for the King of the Pitch Award for the 2018/19 edition of the awards.
This announcement was made at a media parley in Lagos on Thursday.
The briefing which attracted over 50 sports journalists including Toyin Ibitoye, the Super Eagles Media Officer, was called by organisers of the awards to announce nominees for the 6th Award Ceremony scheduled to hold in May 2019.
Speaking at the event, Shina Philips, President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, expressed the gratitude of the organisers and award partners to all sport journalists, the Nigeria Football Federation and other partners for their support for the awards since 2013.
Mr Philips stated that the organisers were working on a plan to overhaul the organisation specifically with a view to reducing the number of categories.
“We are planning a major reorganisation 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,” Mr 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 sports 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 organisers or sponsors,” Ms Eneli said.
Reeling out the list of nominees in all the categories, Toyin Ibitoye stated that Nigeria Pitch Awards is noted for its transparency in the voting process
In the women category, multiple award winner, Asisat Oshoala of Barcelona Ladies, Francisca Ordega of Shanghai shengli and Super Falcons new sensation, Rasheedat Ajibade od Avaldsnes IL will vie for the Queen of the Pitch award.
See the full list of the nominees below.
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
FRANCIS ODINAKA UDOHO
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
LEON BALOGUN WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
STRIKER OF THE YEAR
MVP IN NPFL 2018/19
MVP IN THE NWFL 2018/19
QUEEN OF THE PITCH
KING OF THE PITCH
COACH OF THE YEAR
CLUB OF THE YEAR
NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
SUPER SAND EAGLES
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
OGABOR JOSEPH ODEY
SAM OKWARAJI AWARDS
STATE WITH THE BEST GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
FOOTBALL FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR
HE UDOM EMMANUEL
HE NYESOM WIKE
HE IFEANYI OKOWA
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (PRINT).
TUNDE LIADI – THE NATION
JOHNNY EDWARDS – COMPLETE SPORTS
TANA AIYEJINA – PUNCH
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (RADIO).
GEORGE INIABASI ESSIEN – COMFORT 95.1 FM
TONY BEKEDEREMO – BRILA FM
OLAWALE ADIGUN – TOP RADIO
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (TELEVISION).
CECILIA OMOREGBE – CHANNELS TV
MOZEZ PRAIZ – SUPER SPORT
AUSTIN OKON – AKPAN – CHANNELS TV
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (ONLINE).
TOBI ADEPOJU – NAIJAFOOTBALLPLUS.COM
KUNLE SOLAJA – SPORTSVILLAGESQUARE.COM
SAMUEL AHMADU – GOAL.COM