Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo, Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala and Lille’s Victor Osimhen are among the nominees for the Nigeria Pitch Awards.
The details were given at a press conference held at the Ibis Hotel in the Ikeja area of Lagos on Friday. The award is in the nominees for the seventh edition.
The award endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation had the weekend programme anchored by the NFF’s Director of Communication, Ademola Olajire.
The major honour would pitch Ighalo against Osimhen and Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City for the King of the Pitch award.
African Women’s Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala will take on Chiamaka Nnadozie and Onome Ebi for the Queen of the Pitch award.
A major highlight of the forthcoming award would see Super Falcon’s goalkeeper Nnadozie challenging the Eagles duo of Daniel Akpeyi and Francis Uzoho for the position of Nigeria’s best goalkeeper. This is the first time the contest would present a mix of gender.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Francis Uzoho Omonia, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Daniel Akpeyi
Defender of the Year: William Troost Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo
Midfielder of the Year: Oghenekaro Etebo, Joe Aribo Rangers FC, Wilfred Ndidi
Striker of the Year: Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze
Queen of the Pitch: Onome Ebi, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Asisat Oshoala
King of the Pitch: Wilfred Ndidi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Osimhen
Team of the Year: Lobi Stars, Super Eagles, Enyimba
Coach of the Year: Usman Abdallah, Thomas Dennerby, Gernot Rohr
Sam Okwaraji Award: Ahmed Musa, Seyi Akinwunmi, Kunle Soname
State with best grassroots football development: Delta, Akwa Ibom, Lagos
Football Friendly Governor: Nyesom Wike, Udom Emmanuel, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
Corporate Sponsor of Football Award: Aiteo Group, Zenith Bank, Bet9ja