Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has praised the Nigeria Pitch Awards, with the fourth edition slated for Uyo, Akwa Ibom State – in south-south part of Nigeria – on Saturday, June 10.
The Nigeria manager believes professionals in all fields make effort to surpass their level best when they know there is something to look forward to.
Rohr who spoke to thenff.com said, “As professionals, footballers also are motivated by awards, which is a form of appreciation of their efforts on the field of play. They put in greater effort knowing there is reward, appreciation coming from somewhere.
“The Nigeria Pitch Awards is a great idea, as it also rewards other persons who work in football, like coaches, referees, the administrators, the player-manager and the rest. It is important to maintain a process that guarantees credibility, through the transparency involved.”
The award categories which are goalkeeper of the year, defender of the year, midfielder of the year, striker of the year and king of the pitch and queen of the pitch, as well as honours for referee of the year , the Nigeria Pitch Awards is a refreshingly different proposition from other regular awards ceremonies, the organisers have insisted.
SIAO Partners, the Awards vote collating and verifying body has confirmed that nominations in the various award categories will be released on Thursday, May 11th.
The Managing Partner of the auditing firm, Ituah Ighodalo, explained that after initial collation, a panel of auditors would meet to verify the results. He expressed the appreciation of the organizers, the Nigeria Football Federation and the voters for the confidence reposed in his firm to undertake this important national task.