The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the inaugural edition of ‘The NFF Awards’ will hold on February 19, adding that FIFA President Gianni Infantino will grace the Gala alongside CAF President Ahmad.
The football house revealed plans for its first–ever awards ceremony, designed to recognize and reward excellence in the Nigerian game, at a meeting involving dignitaries and media representatives in Lagos on Tuesday.
At the event, NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is chairman of the project, stated that the Federation decided time was ripe for ‘The NFF Awards’ as the stock of Nigerian Football is on the upward trajectory.
“We decided it was the right time to launch a project to recognize and reward excellence in Nigerian Football. Fortunately, we found a worthy partner in Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence, and with a Chief Executive (Governor Akinwunmi Ambode) who is a lover of excellence.
“The NFF Awards will be an annual event. The inaugural edition will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Monday, 19th February 2018, and will be graced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad and at least 20 FA Presidents who will be here for the FIFA Executive Football Summit also taking place in Lagos the following day,” Akinwunmi said.
He also disclosed that a screening committee that will have integrity, transparency and fairness as its watchwords would be empanelled in a few days, and that while some of the awards will be decided by the screening committee, others would be determined by voters online while the special awards would be the prerogative of the Federation.
BELOW ARE THE AWARD CATEGORIES:
. Player of the Year (Men)
. Player of the Year (Women)
. Coach of the Year (Men)
. Coach of the Year (Women)
. Young Player of the Year (Men)
. Young Player of the Year (Women)
. Team of the Season
. Fairplay Award
. Goal of the Year
. Fans of the Year
. NFF Development Award
. Order of Merit Award
. Presidential Award
. Legends Eleven
. Achievement Award (1973 All-Africa Games Football Tournament – winning Green Eagles)
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